FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28th, 2017
Partnership for Working Families Calls on Berkshire Hathaway to Publicly Commit Not to Bond Border Wall, Detention Centers
Call comes on the heels of a 40 organization letter demanding contractors refuse to help Trump build the wall & proposed legislation in eight states & four cities to target companies that build the wall
As the likelihood of border wall funding fades for this budget cycle, pressure mounts on companies to refuse to profit from the deportation machine
At least 12 companies, including six of the largest 25 design-build firms, say they will not compete for the border wall project
NATIONAL – In a letter sent today, Partnership for Working Families called on Berkshire Hathaway, the company with the largest capacity to provide bonding required for federal construction projects, to publicly commit not to insure the border wall or detention centers.
“It’s bad enough that Trump is focusing his energy on dividing families rather than rebuilding our country,” said Nikki Fortunato Bas, Executive Director of Partnership for Working Families. “We’re demanding that companies stand up for what is right and refuse to profit off of this politics of hate.”
Last month more than forty civil rights, labor, immigration and progressive groups sent a letter to major contractors, calling on them to publicly commit not to help build the wall or profit from the deportation machine. At least 12 companies have publicly said they will not compete for the wall project, including six of the largest 25 design-build firms in the country. Three major polls have shown that the wall is wildly unpopular among Americans. And officials in at least eight states and four cities have proposed legislation to keep local funds from going to companies that support construction of the border wall.
As Congress continues to debate whether the budget will include additional funds for more immigrant detention facilities, the administration is vowing it will continue to pursue funding for a border wall as well.
On May 8th, community members around the country will be visiting the offices of companies that could profit from the detention centers or the wall and demanding that they publicly refuse not to profit from dividing families.