mtc is responsible for separating families
When the Trump Administration took office, it issued new directives to ICE, telling them to arrest any undocumented immigrants its agents encountered and enforce a law that criminalizes migrants and asylum seekers who cross without authorization, forcing them to do jail time before getting a chance to see a judge. This has resulted in the DOUBLING of migrant arrests in Salt Lake and the surrounding region. It’s also why children are being separated from their parents – their parents are being sent to for-profit prisons contracted by ICE, like the ones run by MTC.
for-profit prisons helped create the detention & deportation machine
For most of this country’s history we did not lock people up for migrating. The reality is, when private prison companies realized in the late 1980s they could make a profit off detaining immigrants, these companies started lobbying Congress to let them start. This opportunity to make a buck by filling cages with migrants and asylum seekers led to the creation of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2003 – the largest federal police force in the country, existing solely to target immigrant communities for deportation and fill these detention centers. President and CEO Bob Marquardt boasts in his website bio that he has increased “sales” for the company by 344% since 1991. To be clear, what they’re selling is people – MTC makes up to $20,000 per inmate every year.
These companies created immigration detention – and we are here to end it.
prisons are not rehabilitation centers or good job opportunities
Private prison companies like MTC depend on cutting corners to keep costs low, putting both detained immigrants and workers at risk for health and safety. MTC pays low wages, provides few if any benefits, poorly trains and staffs their prisons, resulting in high turnover in these positions – hardly the kind of good, sustainable jobs that support local communities. Our communities have the right to self-determination in how we build the local economy from the ground up. We don’t need - nor do we want - to depend on private prison companies and incarcerating immigrants or people of color to create jobs.
MTC’s “job training” program, JobCorps, is as much a part of the private prison industrial complex as their immigration prisons, depending on a steady stream of people who have been incarcerated needing their job training. Not only that, but MTC regularly takes advantage of communities like those on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, who in good faith bring MTC’s job training programs to their communities, only to find out the company’s racist policies mean indigenous people get fired from their jobs for no reason and without warning.