John Kelly, the former White House chief of staff and so-called “grown-up in the room,” is cashing in after his stint babysitting Donald Trump. The onetime Department of Homeland Security director is going back to his immigration detaining roots, joining the board of directors for Caliburn International, which operates the largest detention facilities for unaccompanied migrant children. Those detentions are a direct result of policies crafted by Kelly during his time at DHS and the White House. From CBS News:
During Kelly’s tenure, the administration pursued ambitious changes to immigration enforcement, and the average length of stay for an unaccompanied migrant child in U.S. custody skyrocketed.
In the past year, Comprehensive Health Services, the only private company operating shelters, became one of the most dominant players in the industry. Last August, it secured three licenses for facilities in Texas, totaling 500 beds, and in December, the Homestead facility began expanding from a capacity of 1,250 beds to 3,200.
Richard Briffault, a Columbia Law School professor, told CBS the move is likely legal, but it sure stinks to high heaven.
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