Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention




In the US presidential election immigration is a major subject matter, and the republican candidates annoying to reveal their tough posture on undocumented immigrants. The imprisonment and deportation of immigrants has attained highest level under the Obama administration.

At the cost of $5.5mn per day, the US government arrests more than 33,000 foreigners every day. For the influential private prison industry this is a large amount of money. This industry operates about half of the immigration detention centers of the country and spends millions of dollars on lobbying.

Fault Lines take a trip to Florida and Texas to explore the immigration detention business in the US and to discover that how a small number of companies have high influence on the formation of US immigration laws.

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