The President Of The Organization That Runs A Walmart-Turned Immigrant Detention Center Made Over $750,000

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The head of the nonprofit that runs the Texas Casa Padre facility, which holds unaccompanied and separated illegal immigrant children, made over $750,000 in 2015, according to Southwest Key Programs’ tax filings.

Juan Sanchez, president and CEO of Southwest Key Programs had a total compensation of $786,822 in 2015, according to the most recent data available from nonprofit watchdog GuideStar. This includes a $249,065 yearly bonus, according to the nonprofit’s 990 forms.

Sanchez, who holds a doctorate in education from Harvard, has been the CEO of Southwest Key Programs for over 30 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. The CEO is above the 75 percentile of CEO compensation for a nonprofit of comparable size to Southwest Key.

Casa Padre has come under the public spotlight amid scrutiny of the Trump administration’s separation of illegal immigrant children from their families at the border. The Texas facility, which holds about 1,500 children, was previously a Walmart. (RELATED: Here Are The Photos of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities The Media Won’t Show You)

The federal government is expected to pay Southwest Key Programs over $458 million in 2018 for its services running immigrant holding centers. The nonprofit operates about a dozen holding centers in Texas.

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