According to a research piece by Alex Kotch for Sludge, at least five companies in Rhode Island are profiting from contracts made with United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
CBP is “the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, and is the country’s primary border control organization.” CBP is only supposed to hold people for a short time before they are released to other agencies, but because our immigration system is strained beyond capacity, detainees, including children, are being held longer, in deplorable conditions.
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This year, “five children have died while in CBP custody,” writes Chloe Reichel at Journalist’s Resource.
So what companies in Rhode Island are profiting from what many observers are calling concentration camps and where are they located?
- K9 Instincts; Portsmouth;
- Brown Point Facility Management Solutions LLC; Cumberland, Lincoln;
- Global Maintenance LLC, Cumberland;
- Lincoln Government Service Inc, Lincoln; and
- National Glass and Gate Service Inc, aka NG&G Facility Services International, Lincoln
Let’s go through them one by one:
Located at 160 Willow Lane in Portsmouth, K9 Instincts has a $294,000 contract for “All Other Animal Services” with CBP. K9 Instincts trains dogs, and in one cute section of their blog, advertises their association with International Canine Exchange Incorporated (ICE Inc), which is “responsible for all training phases of police K9.”
Brown Point Facility Management Solutions, LLC
Located at 614 George Washington Highway, Suite 3 in Lincoln, and at another address in Cumberland, Brown Point Facility Management Solutions, LLC has two contracts with CBP for Janitorial Services, Solid Waster Collection and Facilities Support Services. The contract with their Cumberland branch is worth $592,498 and the contract with their Lincoln branch is worth $347,503.
Brown Point Facility Management Solutions LLC was established in 2016 and is incorporated in Rhode Island. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $38M and employs a staff of approximately 50.
Lincoln Government Service Inc
Located next door to Brown Point Facility Management Solutions LLC, in the very next suite, is Lincoln Government Service Incorporated. Lincoln Government Service Inc has a contract with CBP worth $16,321 for “Facilities Support Services.”
Lincoln Government Service, Inc was established in 1971 and incorporated in Rhode Island. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $8,330,171 and employs a staff of approximately 40.
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Located at 263 Jenckes Hill Road in Lincoln, National Glass and Gate Service Inc has by far the largest contract with CBP of any Rhode Island company, $16,853,850 for Facilities Support Services, Extreminatingand Pest Control Services, Solid Waste Removal and Janitorial Services.
The Parent company of National Glass and Gate Service Inc is The Miner Corporation, and they presently have an estimated 100 employees.
Located in a nondescript little home at 393 Lippitt Avenue in Cumberland, Global Maintenance LLC has a $118,400 contract with CBP for Landscaping Services.
Jacques Bessette is listed as the President of the company.
Global Maintenance LLC was established in 2015 and incorporated in Rhode Island. Current estimates “show this company has an annual revenue of $242,598 and employs a staff of approximately 10.”