G4S has a $234 million contract with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection – a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). On its website, G4S describes the contract as follows: “G4S supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with its operations at the U.S. Mexico border and with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to transport illegal immigrants in selected urban areas. Annually, our G4S fortified buses log millions of miles and transport hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, while freeing up front line CPB and ICE personnel for other essential services.”
In a promotional brochure, G4S brands its service as “The Bus No One Wants to Catch – The End of the Road for Illegal Immigrants.” Raising the threat of “criminals, drug dealers and potential terrorists,” the website reports, “a team of 600 G4S customs protection officers operate more than 100 buses and vans in order to carry the huge number of apprehended individuals, the majority of whom are Mexican, to the processing centers.”
In March 2012, Tucson activists chained themselves together and blocked the entrance to the G4S transportation headquarters that services the Homeland Security contract. The protesters criticized G4S for contributing to the militarization of the US-Mexico border and supporting Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians.
SOURCE: CENSORED NEWS SPECIAL EDITION Community members burst uninvited into the Tucson offices of private security firm G4S and declared their opposition to the company’s profiteering at the expense of immigrant communities in Tucson, across the nation and throughout the world. Incensed by G4S’ role in promoting the criminalization of immigrants and the expansion of […]
SOURCE: GOVERNMENT SECURITY NEWS US Customs Border Protection (CBP) has decided to stick with G4S, the company currently providing detainee transportation, medical escort services and security guard services along the Southwest border, with a new contract for similar ongoing services worth more than $234 million. As reported in Government Security News in January 2012, the […]