Private Prison Co. Claims Immunity In Family Separations Suit

By Asher Stockler (December 10, 2020, 10:42 PM EST) -- Private prison operator GEO Group asked a federal judge Wednesday to throw out claims that it maliciously separated families at a Texas detention center, saying it was acting at the behest of the government and should therefore be granted immunity.

"Government contractors are generally not liable for actions taken to carry out the federal government's orders," the company, which detains immigrants on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, argued in a motion for summary judgment in Texas federal court.

"The undisputed evidence shows not only that GEO substantially complied with ICE's policies but also that ICE itself was directly involved...

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