Could President Obama’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) lead to higher rates of detentions for undocumented immigrants? Progressive critics of CIR say the private prisons industry has pushed for tougher border security in order to profit from increased detentions, but industry representatives deny the allegations. What role do private detention centers play in immigration policy? What are the conditions in these centers? Join us at 7:30pmEST to discuss.
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Nearly half of immigrant detainees are held by privately-run, for-profit prison companies. These companies have a complex relationship with US immigration policy, as their bottom lines depend on keeping beds filled. How has the industry grown, and what does that mean for immigrants?
An online documentary called Immigrants for Sale explains how companies make a profit off of immigrant detention: