Alex Kotch is an investigative journalist who follows the money.

ICE Contracts Are Booming. See Which Vendors Are in Your State. (Sludge)

ICE Contracts Are Booming. See Which Vendors Are in Your State. (Sludge)

Companies and other entities that make money from Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracts are flush in 2019, thanks to President Trump's harsh immigration operation.

On July 24, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard Blumnethal (D-Ct.) sent a letter to the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asking for more information on its reported rampant use of solitary confinement. A joint investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Intercept, and NBC News unearthed more than 8,400 reports of immigrants being placed in solitary confinement from 2012 to early 2017.

The Trump administration’s increasingly harsh immigration policies have amplified many other alleged abuses, including sexual assaultfamily trauma, and hate.

On the heels of interactive reports on CBP vendors and 2018 ICE contractors, Sludge has now produced an up-to-date analysis of ICE vendors. From 2010 to July 29, 2019, more than 3,200 contractors received over $12.7 billion worth of ICE contracts, according to data from usaspending.gov. Some ICE vendors help transport and jail undocumented immigrants, while others provide products, technical assistance, consulting, cleaning, utilities, and other services. 

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Wealthy, White, and Over 50: The Demographics of the Democratic Presidential Donors (Sludge)

Wealthy, White, and Over 50: The Demographics of the Democratic Presidential Donors (Sludge)

GEO Group Donated to the Trump-Tied Turning Point USA, Then Got Rave Review (Sludge)

GEO Group Donated to the Trump-Tied Turning Point USA, Then Got Rave Review (Sludge)