MARCH 19, 2019
By expanding the power the federal government has to strip legal residents of their due process rights, The Supreme Court has drawn us closer to the unjust reality we undocumented immigrants have been warning would come. As the Trump administration continues to help private companies monetize the suffering of immigrants by apprehending refugees at the border, the SCOTUS has simultaneously broadened the market for immigrant prisons with this ruling. Just this month, ICE undermined the values of California and made a direct deal with such private company. When community in Bakersfield demanded no expansion on a detention facility there, GEO Group and ICE went against their will to keep Mesa Verde Detention Facility opened. The contract saw GEO making nearly $20 million in profit from the misery and suffering of our immigrant community. The SCOTUS has chosen to align with the inhumane treatment of people inside these cages, and undermined the Constitution by voting on political ideology and siding against justice. Nevertheless, we will continue to fight to liberate those who have been criminalized by the state and seek ways to ensure that everyone’s due process is upheld. Though the fight against Trump’s deportation machine continues to grow in intensity, so does the resilience of immigrant youth across California who are ignited with their unapologetic aim to free all who have been incarcerated by this for-profit venture of caging beloved community members away from their loved ones.
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