General Dynamics is one of the largest defense contractors in the country, a massive conglomerate that builds jets, tanks, bullets and submarines at facilities around the United States. It is also caring for the detained migrant children that the government has separated from their parents.
President Trump’s decision to separate families who are apprehended illegally crossing the U.S. border has led to a huge influx of children into the government’s custody. His chief of staff, John Kelly, has promised that “the children will be taken care of—put into foster care or whatever.” With thousands of these children now calling for their parents from converted Wal-Marts and warehouses, the administration is under pressure to come up with “whatever” very fast.
General Dynamics also specializes in outsourcing bureaucracy. Since 2000, it has worked for the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement. This entails “casework support services to help ensure special needs of unaccompanied children are met, including medical requirements, and to facilitate family reunification, only after children are under the care of Health and Human Services,” according to a statement provided by General Dynamics Information Technology spokesperson Jay Hauck.
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