As the incident of the recent separation of some 2,300 migrant children from their families unfolded, we learned that the nonprofit, Southwest Key Programs, won more than $1 billion in federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and/or provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody.
1. About how many contractors operate more than 30 facilities in Texas alone?
2. Why is the president and chief executive of Southwest Key Programs, Juan Sánchez, currently under so much scrutiny?
3. What are some of the problems with the old converted Walmart Supercenter facility in Brownsville, Texas known as Casa Padre, a shelter run by Southwest Key Programs, housing roughly 1,500 immigrant children?
4. Explain your thoughts about organizations profiting from these types of operations. As a professional accountant, how would you discuss the situation in a networking interaction?
Fernandez, M. and K. Benner (2018). The Billion-Dollar Business of Operating Shelters for Migrant Children. The New York Times, June 21 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/migrant-shelters-border-crossing.html)