Congress in 1950: $1 a day fine for immigrant labor

It's not GEO's first brush with criticism. In 2013, FAU students protested the proposed naming of the football stadium after GEO. The proposal flopped.

It’s not GEO’s first brush with criticism. In 2013, FAU students protested the proposed naming of the football stadium after GEO. The proposal flopped.

GEO Group, the Boca-based private prison and immigrant detention facility is being accused of paying immigrants at their Denver facility a dollar-a-day to, among other things, cook and serve meals, mop floors, and yes, scrub out the toilets.

A group of immigrants filed suit in federal court, and now a judge has ruled that their suit can continue, according to the Associated Press.

Although GEO is best known for its original line of business- managing prisons- the cash cow for both it and Corrections Corporation of America, another prison management firm, is federal contracts, some with the Bureau of Prisons, and some with immigrant detention.

Not all immigrants are there because they broke the law. Some are waiting a decision on their status. But just as both companies have established a string of abuses at prisons, they have also been linked to serious problems with treatment of immigrants, most notably CCA’s operation of a family center for immigrants.

As for the labor lawsuit, GEO has argued that its dollar-a-day paycheck is in line with federal rules, and that the work was voluntary.

They may have a point on the wages. American University professor Anita Sinha told AP Congress established the daily wage –  in 1950.

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