Deportation Research Clinic

Dollar-Per-Day Wages

The Deportation Research Clinic has special expertise on the unlawful dollar-per-day wages paid to U.S. residents in custody under immigration laws.

For more information, see the States Without Nations blog. For source materials, including FOIA requests, original contracts, payments, and underlying litigation, see deportationresearchclinic.org.

Research Updates

  • "One Dollar Per Day: The Slaving Wages of Immigration Jail, 1943 to Present," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 25, issue 3, spring 2015 (published spring 2016 due to delayed journal production schedule). Special thanks to Farrell Fellow and Clinic assistant Hayley Hopkins, Northwestern '17, for associated web pages with contract links and summaries.
  • ICE document release responsive to Clinic FOIA litigation supports Clinic Director Jacqueline Stevens' legal analysis: previously withheld INS General Counsel memorandum in 1992 finds 8 USC § 1555 requires Congress to set rates of wages for those in custody under immigration laws, undermines private prison authority to set wages at one dollar/day. Litigation ongoing for two years. Status hearing April 6, 2016.
  • April 5, 2016: GEO lawsuit on track, Colorado Judge denies certification of interlocutory appeal, depositions begin!
  • October 22, 2014: Clinic research triggers lawsuit challenging unlawful dollar-per-day payments by private prisons to people in custody under immigration law.