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Gonzalez v. CoreCivic
"CoreCivic [argued] that the TVPA does not regulate “labor performed by immigration detainees in lawful custody.” Or to rephrase it more bluntly, that its activities are categorically exempt from the TVPA. The district court denied the motion, concluding that the plain terms of § 1589(a) cover labor conducted by immigration detainees in a private detention center. See Gonzalez v. CoreCivic, Inc., ... (W.D. Tex. Mar. 1, 2019). ... Because on its face § 1589 unambiguously protects labor performed in work programs in federal immigration detention facilities, the “judicial inquiry is complete.” Rubin v. United States, 449 U.S. 424, 430 (1981). We affirm."