Fault Lines - Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention - full episode

October 6, 2014 12:00AM ET

Fault Lines investigates the business of immigrant detention in the US


Immigration is a key issue in the U.S. presidential election with Republican candidates trying to demonstrate their tough stance on undocumented immigrants.

Meanwhile, under the Obama administration, the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high. Each day, the U.S. government detains more than 33,000 non-citizens at a cost of $5.5 million per day.

The result is a lot of money for the powerful private prison industry, which spends millions of dollars on lobbying and now operates nearly half of the country's immigration detention centers.

Fault Lines travels to Texas and Florida to investigate the business of immigrant detention and to find out how a handful of companies help to shape U.S. immigration laws.

Original Air Date: April 10, 2012


Executive Producer: Mathieu Skene, Correspondent: Josh Rushing @joshrushing, Producer: Anjali Kamat @anjucomet, Director of Photography: Thierry Humeau @telecamfilms, Additional Camera: Nelson Hume, Ralf Oberti, Editors: Warwick Meade @warwickmeade, Goran Maric, Graphics: Ross Henderson, Translation: Sergio Ceballos @@sceball2, Production Assistance: Kaitlin Loukides @KaitlinLoukides, Courtney Irvine, Arushi Sharma @thearushisharma

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