GOP senator threatens to change banks after Bank of America cuts ties with detention centers

GOP senator threatens to change banks after Bank of America cuts ties with detention centers
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Sen. (R-Texas) on Thursday threatened to change banks after Bank of America said it will no longer do business with companies that provide immigrant and prisoner detention services. 

“I may have to change banks: Bank of America will no longer do business with companies that run detention centers,” he tweeted. 

“Lacking further legal and policy clarity, and in recognition of the concerns of our employees and stakeholders in the communities we serve, it is our intention to exit these relationships,” a Bank of America spokesperson told CNN of companies running detention centers. The spokesperson declined to tell CNN which companies it had been working with. 

The Hill has reached out to Bank of America for comment. 

The Miami Herald reported last month that Bank of America was the chief financier of Caliburn, a company that runs a facility holding migrant children in Homestead, Fla. Caliburn has said the facility is not a detention center. 

Several 2020 Democratic candidates have said they would visit the Homestead facility this week.

The Texas Democratic Party slammed the comment by Cornyn, who is up for reelection in 2020, in a statement to The Hill on Friday. 
 
“It’s no surprise that John Cornyn would choose cruelty over solving the tragedy at our border,” the statement said. “It’s disgusting that Cornyn would choose funding immigrant private prisons over helping those fleeing from violence and terror. Texans will vote him out in November 2020.”
 
– Updated at 12:19 p.m.

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Alan Smith

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