The Military Contractor Making Millions Helping Trump Tear Families Apart

“I’m guessing that in MVM’s mission statement, one of the central components isn’t the care of refugee children.”

(CD) While outraged Americans across the country are calling their elected representatives and taking to the streets to protest the Trump administration’s forcible separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, intelligence and defense contractors are raking in millions thanks to the cruel practice.

According to reporting by the Daily Beast, the intelligence contractor MVM, Inc. won an $8 million five-year contract to “provide assistance” in detention centers for unaccompanied children, and has made $42.9 million in less than a year, transporting minors to centers in Texas.

Such facilities have become crowded with children in recent months, especially following the administration’s unveiling of its new “zero tolerance” policy for undocumented immigrants who cross the southern border seeking asylum—under which adults are imprisoned while they await immigration trials and any children traveling with them are sent off to detention centers, sometimes thousands of miles away.

Previously, MVM worked with the CIA in the Iraq War, during which its employees were accused of “procuring and possessing unauthorized weapons and explosives.” The company has also faced accusations of discrimination against employees who were Muslim and African-born.

“I’m guessing that in [MVM’s] mission statement, one of the central components isn’t the care of refugee children,” immigration attorney Matthew Kolken told the Daily Beast. “It is mind-blowing that those types of industries would be even considered with respect to the care of children. They’re not equipped to be able to do it. Would you want your child to be dropped off in their hands? I know I wouldn’t.”

Still, MVM as well as the defense contractor General Dynamics are rapidly hiring new employees to oversee the dozens of detention centers for children who have been taken from their parents or guardians after crossing the border.

Recently-advertised positions include compliance coordinators tasked with overseeing detention centers, youth care workers, and bilingual transport specialists.

“It looks right now that the Trump administration’s policies regarding immigration [are] proving to be a relatively lucrative area for private contractors,” Neil Gordon, an investigator with the Project on Government Oversight, told the Daily Beast.

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  • Hercules Brownstone

    This is THE LAW that EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN has to follow so why on earth would WE protest for these criminal invaders?! You social justice warriors dont give A/F about US! You hypocrites have NEVER helped US get attorneys for legal issues! WE ALWAYS get separated from OUR children if WE break the law! What idiots these insane liberals are to imagine that Americans would FIGHT FOR CRIMINALS to be treated better than we are!

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      • Hercules Brownstone

        These are NOT asylum cases, friend. Asylum cases are never separated in this country.
        Educate yourself.
        The ones being separated are the ones who, rather than apply for asylum at a port of entry (the legal way), have entered the country fraudulently, criminally, in an attempt TO EVADE the authorities who grant asylum. Obviously, people like you get confused because the media, as well as these criminals, are repeatedly LYING about the entire situation. All anyone has to do is research a little bit and they will see that the media has LIED about the pictures (they are from Obamas detention centers), they staged the crying infant video at a liberal rally which had NOTHING to do with this issue, etc. This is just a pile of doo-doo and luckily MOST Americans arent dumb enough to fight for criminals to be GIVEN PRIVILEGES FOR BREAKING OUR LAWS!
        BTW, John, for every ONE child separated from their illegal alien “parent” here, there are 1,400 American children separated from THEIR PARENTS who committed a crime!
        Suck it up buttercup! We dont pamper criminals or princesses here.
        Nobody coming to this country deserves favoritism, least of all the criminals that enter illegally, usually after being deported for crime-repeatedly.

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      • Hercules Brownstone

        John, for every ONE child separated from their illegal alien “parent” here, there are 1,400 American children taken from THEIR American parents, because THEY committed a crime! That is THE LAW, and it has always BEEN the law!
        Please EDUCATE YOURSELF, John or whatever your REAL name is, because you have been wrong in every comment so far.