Private prison company incarcerating immigrants threatens defamation lawsuit

A private prison company is lashing out at a Florida protest group for its opposition to the company for profiting by its government contracts to lock up undocumented immigrants. The GEO Group claims the Dream Defenders had made defamatory statements, interfered with its government  contracts, disrupted its operations and encouraged threatening and violent behavior. (American Civil Liberties Union, August 10, 2018, by Jacob J. Hutt)

GEO sent a cease and desist letter to Dream Defenders in an attempt to intimidate the activists, alleging that Dream Defenders is skipping over the limits of protected speech in encouraging violence against GEO and its employees. In response, the Dream Defenders pledged to continue their protests. (Miami New Times, August 6, 2018, by Jerry Iannelli and Tim Elfrink)

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