So I decided to do a little research into the $750 day figure I’d heard a private company was
charging the US government per each detained migrant. I wanted to:
- verify this figure was accurate
- verify it was indeed a private company instead of a non-profit charging this, as both
have managed these detention centers (not that it really matters, ultimately, but stay
- try to figure out where this per diem sum was going, if not to even buy these tortured
children toothbrushes and soap, which are about the cheapest basic necessities on
the market, and which no individual has to replace every day.
- Understand how and why this was allowed to happen.
$775/ person A DAY should cover a lot of necessities, right? So where the hell is all this money
going? This can’t be true…
Well here’s what I found:
- Yes, it’s a private company called Comprehensive Health Services (a subsidiary of
Caliburn International). CHS operates the largest child migrant detention center, which
is in FL and was already receiving horrible press — especially from local FL papers —
last year. But that didn’t matter, because CHS recently opened up a few more child
prisons in TX, as it snagged a new government contract, despite many documented
concerns about conditions in Florida.
- $775/day per child is an accurate sum of CHS’s CLAIMED recent operating costs, and
what our federal tax dollars are paying for. A sum that was agreed to upon award of
the no bid contract(ill get more into this later) , In fact, it was actually on the record as
$775 last summer with a recent addition of 850 more beds as of april 2019 until nov 30
2019 a total of just 234 days for an additional amount of around 341 million dollars or
about $1,400 a day. I guess the logic is they were doing such an amazing job they
should just keep being awarded no bid contracts.(3)
- So where is this money going, you wonder, if not to soap and toothbrushes? Yeah, I
did too, and it was quite easy to dig up. CHS, via Caliburn, is controlled by the private
equity firm DC Capital Partners. For those of you who don’t know how private equity
firms work, look it up.
- While I would not be able to find out vested shareholders in the DCCP portfolio, we do
not have to assume they’re making some nice returns on these CHS operations and
government contracts that line their pockets instead of covering even basic human
needs for children. That’s clear, because why would a private company keep their
costs down so low that they completely disregard humanity, even though they say
they’re experts in “healthcare?”
PROFIT. FOR THEIR PRIVATE INVESTORS.
- A very small amount of people are most likely pocketing 95%+ of this money, there is no other
way to explain this. The salaried employees at these camps are paid an average of $15.75 an hour
and according to employee statements complaining about the lack of workers and beingunderstaffed at these camps the staff to detainee ratio is about 1 to 35. They do not staff dedicated
mental health professionals or real doctors either from all the information I have gathered. While I
can’t name for you the private investors getting rich off of this humanitarian crisis, I can name for you
members of the advisory board of DCCP, which approves everything in the portfolio.
First up: Trump’s former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, who was named to the board LAST MONTH, and
photographed riding a golf cart into a CHS child prison. So with his own eyes, he saw the conditions
there. And he was cool with it all, because hey, there’s money to be made for his rich investor
friends, and maybe even himself! Who knows! Can’t say for sure, so feel free to reasonably assume
what you wish. I’m just stating facts here.
Coincidentally, prior to joining Trump in the WH, he was also a paid lobbyist for DCCP. Hmmmm…
- So next up on the DCCP board: Richard L. Armitage, former U.S. deputy secretary of state;
Michael Corbin; former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; Michael V. Hayden, former director
of the Central Intelligence Agency and of the National Security Agency; Donald M. Kerr Jr., former
deputy director of science and technology at the CIA; Anthony C. Zinni, former commander-in-chief
of the U.S. Central Command and former U.S. Envoy to the Middle East; and Stephen F. Loftus,
former director of the Office of the Budget for the United States Navy.
Are y’all seeing any patterns here?
- Michael Hayden, last June, said on the record he sees “commonality” between Nazi Germany’s
separation of children at concentration camps and the Trump administration policy that is forcing
children to be separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"I know we’re not Nazi Germany, alright. But there is a commonality there, and a fear on my part …
We have standards we have to live up to,” Hayden told CNN’s “New Day.”
It appears he left those standards at the boardroom door, along with many other individuals that
dance with greed and corruption on the line of the private and public sectors COMPLETELY
- Last month, the same month Kelly got his new gig, the government awarded CHS a brand new,
hush-hush contract worth $341 million, even though there had been tons of pressure to close it due
to its conditions.
THERE WAS NO COMPETITIVE BIDDING FOR THE CONTRACT, and it happened under the
- Just two months before this, in March, CHS/Caliburn cancelled its IPO after registering with the
SEC to sell $100m public shares. The CEO cited “market forces,” yet made it clear the company was
thriving and growing.
I’ll leave you to come to your own conclusions about all of this, or do more research. And I’ll post a
ton of sources in the comments for those who actually think this administration is “draining the swamp,” or who want to debate the semantics of whether these ”centers” can reasonably be called child concentration camps or not without offending people.But that entire debate is a distraction from
the in your face corruption. The people getting rich off this (ie trump and friends) would much rather you argue about the semantics of concentration camps and if this may qualify as one instead of
talking about the fact that the people behind this need to be arrested, brought to trial and made an example of, imo life in prison or shot.For those of you (I really hope no one is) that are cool lining the pockets of a few private citizens in
DC with YOUR tax dollars while dirty, hungry, sick children live imprisoned and stacked in cages
without even a dime of your money going to pay for soap and toothbrushes for these kids like it was
supposed to I think you’re disgustingly dumb but would love to hear your justifications for this and
why you think its ok. Who knows maybe your logic will sway me but even if you are cool and want
these people to be tortured in cages for being mexican there is no way it should cost about a grand a
day to do so. This did not go on under Obama, the pictures seen of people in cages were due to large caravans of illegal immigrants being intercepted and held for very short periods of time, there were no 1000 dollar a day camps that try to detain people as long as possible in order to make the most money possible. Unlike trump, Obama did not use this as a way to pay off “friends” or people who he owed favors too by holding them in cages for enormous sums of money for extended periods of time.