Hmmm. Does this reek of a bit of hypocrisy? And, does sound like something near to slave labor? Seems to us there was a time when “prisoners” in ancient times were placed in slavery. Just asking…
Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor
By IAN URBINAMAY
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Working for $1 a Day
Credit Michael Stravato for The New York Times
HOUSTON — The kitchen of the detention center here was bustling as a dozen immigrants boiled beans and grilled hot dogs, preparing lunch for about 900 other detainees. Elsewhere, guards stood sentry and managers took head counts, but the detainees were doing most of the work — mopping bathroom stalls, folding linens, stocking commissary shelves.
As the federal government cracks down on immigrants in the country illegally and forbids businesses to hire them, it is relying on tens of thousands of those immigrants each year to provide essential labor — usually for $1 a day or less — at the detention centers where they are held when caught by the authorities.