The nonprofit Southwest Key Programs has won at least $955 million in federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody. Its shelter for migrant boys at a former Walmart Supercenter in South Texas has been the focus of nationwide scrutiny, but Southwest Key is but one player in the lucrative, secretive world of the migrant-shelter business. About a dozen contractors operate more than 30 facilities in Texas alone, with numerous others contracted for about 100 shelters in 16 other states.
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 US government has separated from their parents.
"The better angels of our nature," is not found in scripture; the phrase was coined by Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural address. The US was on the brink of Civil War then. He was trying to avert hostilities by appealing to our better angels, to take the high road and avoid violence. But it was too late.
Are you familiar with this infamous 1973 magazine cover?
The cover caused circulation numbers to skyrocket; people bought it just to stop the publisher from killing the dog. That particular dog was under no real threat back then, but today's dogs are in a sorry predicament thanks to human fed catastrophic climate change and the corporate controlled governments ruling the world.
Today is the last day of May, the day we hoped to close our May Day funding campaign. We started with an appeal for $150,000 on May 1 and gave ourselves a May 31 deadline, understanding that if we couldn't raise this sum, then perhaps we were kidding ourselves about our viability.
We have until the end of the day to reach our goal; we still need to raise $21,727 by midnight (HDT).