The detention of migrants is a multi-billion dollar industry, one in which immigrants are traded like products. They are for sale to the highest bidder. Who benefits and who profits? Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, the GEO Group, and Management and Training Corporation combined own over 200 facilities in the nation, with over 150,000 bed spaces, for a total profit of close to 5 billion dollars per year. “You just sell it like you were selling cars, or real estate, or hamburgers” (Thomas Beasley, Founder of CCA, Corrections Corporation of America). Private prisons rely on anti-immigrant laws that guarantee them access to fresh inmates. Here’s how they do it. The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is an extreme right-wing membership organization comprised of state legislators and powerful multinational corporations, including the Corrections Corporation of America. ALEC is the most active private prison lobbyist group pushing for anti-immigrant laws like Arizona’s SB 1070.
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