“Nearly half of all immigrants detained by federal officials are held in facilities run by private prison companies, at an average cost for each detained immigrant is $166 a night. That’s added up to massive profits for Corrections Corporation of America, The GEO Group and other private prison companies:
A decade ago, more than 3,300 criminal immigrants were sent to private prisons under two 10-year contracts the Federal Bureau of Prisons signed with CCA worth $760 million. Now, the agency is paying the private companies $5.1 billion to hold more than 23,000 criminal immigrants through 13 contracts of varying lengths.”
Why the difference between then and now? Perhaps because it’s more profitable to round up undocumented immigrants nowadays. And maybe the shareholders of Corrections Corporation of America, The GEO Group and other private prison companies are big investors in the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama. He represents one faction of Wall Street. Mitt the Twit represents the other half. So perhaps Obama has ordered the biggest roundups of illegal immigrants in US history to appease his base, which is among the 1 percent.
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