August 28, 2013
The Winners in Immigration Control: Private Prisons

What if immigration reform advocates used financial arguments to make their case? Ask 10 individuals how they feel about the immigration debate, and you’ll get a range of responses combining humanitarian, employment, population, or economic concerns. You probably won’t hear about the hefty price tag of the immigration control battle, nor the profits that private prisons are making off the government’s expenditures, nor the alternatives to detention that might pair more humane treatment with cost effectiveness.
Since 2003, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement was created and government crackdowns on undocumented aliens increased, private prisons have gained business, with industry profits more than doubling.
The prisons’ gain is the government’s loss - the profits are being generated from spending on immigration detention, which has also doubled over the past eight years. The National Immigration Forum reported earlier this month that the cost of detaining an immigrant averages $159 a day.
Read more. [Image: Jeff Topping/Reuters]

The Winners in Immigration Control: Private Prisons

What if immigration reform advocates used financial arguments to make their case? Ask 10 individuals how they feel about the immigration debate, and you’ll get a range of responses combining humanitarian, employment, population, or economic concerns. You probably won’t hear about the hefty price tag of the immigration control battle, nor the profits that private prisons are making off the government’s expenditures, nor the alternatives to detention that might pair┬ámore humane treatment with cost effectiveness.

Since 2003, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement was created and government crackdowns on undocumented aliens increased, private prisons have gained business, with industry profits more than doubling.

The prisons’ gain is the government’s loss - the profits are being generated from spending on immigration detention, which has also doubled over the past eight years. The National Immigration Forum reported earlier this month that the cost of detaining an immigrant averages $159 a day.

Read more. [Image: Jeff Topping/Reuters]

  1. ahandsomestark reblogged this from anindiscriminatecollection
  2. anindiscriminatecollection reblogged this from theatlantic
  3. imakesomestuff reblogged this from the-wistful-collectivist
  4. the-wistful-collectivist reblogged this from thisisnotindia
  5. shamwowxl reblogged this from thisisnotindia
  6. heiferness reblogged this from theatlantic
  7. thepeoplearewatching reblogged this from thisisnotindia
  8. neni-in-wanderlust reblogged this from thisisnotindia
  9. the-hi-sign reblogged this from theatlantic
  10. thebronzebow reblogged this from theatlantic
  11. deepbluanything reblogged this from theatlantic
  12. saventures reblogged this from theatlantic
  13. apeshit-sixfingers reblogged this from theatlantic
  14. whothefuckryouu reblogged this from theatlantic
  15. soupermedia reblogged this from theatlantic
  16. zruss reblogged this from theatlantic
  17. taoduck reblogged this from theatlantic
  18. crazylifeofa reblogged this from theatlantic
  19. politicsandfandoms reblogged this from theatlantic