ICE Gave Ex-CIA Firm $162 Million Contract to Transport Immigrant Children

Defense firm MVM, Inc. has been posting jobs for "bilingual travel youth care worker."

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Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The Trump administration has been paying millions of dollars to an intelligence agency contractor to transport immigrant children to shelters across the United States, The Daily Beast reports.

MVM, Inc. has a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide “unaccompanied alien children (UAC) transportation services” worth $162 million, according to documents and records reviewed by The Daily Beast. Recent job postings by MVM showed that it was looking for people to escort immigrant children from the border on commercial airlines. One of MVM’s job postings was for a “Bilingual Travel Youth Care Worker.” The job would entail “accompanying [children] on domestic flights and via ground transportation to shelters all over the country.”

MVM posted several advertisements for jobs this spring after the Trump administration unveiled a “zero-tolerance” policy of locking up immigrant and asylum-seeking families and separating parents from their minor children. The job listings were looking for employees to escort immigrant children in cities like Phoenix, San Antonio, and McAllen, Texas, which is home to the infamous “Ursula” facility seen in photographs of separated children housed in chain-link cages.

MVM is just one of many defense contractors making money off the Trump administration’s new immigration policy, according to The Daily Beast.

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