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July 22, 2019

Visiting Child Detention Center, Swalwell Calls for Humane Treatment of Immigrants

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:00 am

On Monday, Congressman Eric Swalwell, a co-sponsor of the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act (H.R. 3239), visited the Homestead detention center in South Florida, where up to 3,200 children are currently being held in prison-like conditions.

The facility is the only shelter for immigrant children run by a for-profit corporation, Florida-based Comprehensive Health Services. The contract for the operation of the Homestead facility, renewed in April on an unusual no-bid basis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is worth $341 million. Comprehensive’s parent company, Caliburn International, stated in its initial public offering last fall that the Trump administration’s immigration policy is “driving significant growth” for its business.

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