Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Criminalization of Immigrants

Peter Cervantes-Gautchi, a writer for the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, has written a fantastic and scathing report on how corporate interests have dominated the immigration debate in this country, and how that has paid dividends for CCA and GEO, who have both profited tremendously off America's rush to incarcerate illegal immigrants.  This article is really just amazing; it explains how major corporations have invested in the tycoon companies, and how the companies have manipulated politicians (who often have a personal stake in the issue) to ensure they continue to get contracts despite the fact that they can't operate a prison humanely or efficiently.  He really knocks it out of the park with this one.


  1. When you see a [legislative] situation you cannot understand, look for the financial interest. - Tom L. Johnson, Mayor of Cleveland in a 1894 interview.

    Following the money in political, even religious matters always brings truth to the eye.

  2. right on, as always Charlene. It is a little disheartening though to see the amount of influence money can buy. I think this gets to the heart of why the private prison industry has been so successful in recent years; the lack of a well-funded opposition. While the privateers can essentially re-invest their profits by lobbying politicians, the anti-privatization movement (if you could even call it that), is far from centralized or well-funded. There isn't much money to be made in ranting against privatization

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