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ICE Detention Center Exploits Immigration Detainees For Labor

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David A. Martin, deputy field office director with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, left, talks to a detainee during a 2012 arrest.Photo by Al Seib

David A. Martin, deputy field office director with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, left, talks to a detainee during a 2012 arrest.Photo by Al Seib

by Jackie Wattles

September 20, 2017

Courtesy CBS Philly

A privately-run detention center is exploiting immigrants by paying them a dollar a day, Washington State’s attorney general says.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday that he’s suing GEO Group, a private prison operator.

The suit alleges GEO Group uses immigration detainees to run “virtually all non-security functions” at its Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington — all while paying them next to nothing. Detainee responsibilities range from cooking and cleaning to painting.

“A multi-billion dollar corporation is trying to get away with paying its workers $1 per day,” Ferguson said in a statement. “That shouldn’t happen in America, and I will not tolerate it happening in Washington.”

ICE Detention Center Exploits Immigration Detainees For Labor

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