'Voluntary' Work Programs Run in Private Immigration Prisons Pay Detainees $1 a Day

'Voluntary' Work Programs Run in Private Immigration Prisons Pay Detainees $1 a Day

 

"In private prisons around the country, immigrants languishing in detention centers are being put to work by profit-making companies like the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) for far below the minimum wage.  For doing a range of manual labor in the facility, the immigrants, many of whom are not legally permitted to work in the United States, are paid between $1-$3 a day." - Yana Kuchinoff, July 27, 2012.

[This absurd and offensive result is based on an ancient federal statute and a 1990 Fifth Circuit decision.  Congress should revise the statute, and DOL Secretary Solís and others should relitigate the issue.]