Stop Enabling Migrant Detention Camps

Progress updates

     August 10 2019

Barclays Plc will stop providing future financing to companies that manage private prisons and immigration holding facilities, joining other major lenders in shunning the industry.


Over the past couple of years, conditions at the USA-Mexico border have worsened. An influx of migrants have overwhelmed US border control agents. Many of the migrants are coming from Guatemala, where climate change has devastated farming communities, forcing families to flee from famine.[1] 

In response, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency has established sites where they hold migrants in limbo, while they wait for court systems to catch up. These hastily-put-together makeshift facilities often lack basic necessities, such as, soap. Soap. [2]

A number of companies profit off of migrant detention, and need to be held accountable to the abhorrent conditions in the camps. Citizens are already taking a stand with corporations, highlighted by Wayfair workers who are staging 'walkouts' in opposition to their company's role in enabling these detention camps.[3] If companies refuse to participate in migrant detention camps, they might become politically infeasible, just like the death penalty.[4]

As investors, let's call on our assets to stand on the right side of history. Call on all companies involved to stop enabling migrant detention camps.

 

[1] https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/how-climate-change-is-fuelling-the-us-border-crisis

[2] https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/23/18714699/immigrant-children-soap-toothbrushes-detention-trump-pence-congress

[3] https://wearyourvoicemag.com/news-politics/companies-profit-migrants-detention

[4] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/drug-companies-opposed-to-the-death-penalty-have-changed-executions