Amid outrage over illegal-alien detention centers established by President Obama, Bank of America announced it will end its association with companies that provide prisoner and immigrant detention services.
Bank of America said through a spokesman it decided to “exit the relationships” with the providers even though the bank appreciates “steps they have taken to properly execute their contractual and humanitarian responsibilities.”
The bank financed Caliburn, which ran a facility called Homestead under a federal government contract, the Miami Herald previously reported. The bank provided a $380 million loan to the company and a $75 million credit line, the paper said.
Homestead is not a prison, the Herald reported, but protesters say it functions as one, because the illegal alien minors held inside who are seeking asylum are not allowed to leave.
Meanwhile, employees of online furniture retailer Wayfair staged a walkout from company headquarters in Boston on Wednesday to protest the sale of furniture to an illegal-alien detention facility in Texas.
Wayfair responded by promising to donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist illegal aliens at the border.
Last Friday, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has been gaining ground in polling, called for the banning of private correctional and detention facilities.
The Wayfair walkout drew the support of Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who tweeted “this is what solidarity looks like.”
She continues to call the migrant detention centers “concentration camps” and said the Wayfair “workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children.”
However, President Obama’s top official in charge of removing illegal aliens confirmed Wednesday at a conference on immigration that the “cages” used to detain juveniles who are in the country illegally were established by the Obama administration.
“I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson,” said Thomas Homan, Obama’s executive associate director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“I was there … when it was built,” he said.
The Daily Caller noted that after months of denying there was a border crisis, Democrats voted Wednesday in favor of an emergency bill to alleviate the lack of basic necessities available at immigrant detention centers. The Senate passed a bipartisan bill after rejecting a House version.