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Undocumented migrant workers are making big business in America a lot of moolah, and not only by cutting down the costs of production. The Corrections Corporation of America, Wackenhut Corrections Corporation, and other smaller corporations that are part of the privatizing prisons industry stand to gain billions monthly from the detention of 'illegal immigrants.'
The boom in the crackdown of undocumented workers makes more sense when we consider profit-making as part of the equation. The 'build it and they will come' philosophy is stronger than ever. Just today, Corrections Corporation of America announced plans to build another mega-prison in San Diego, citing lack of space and facilities at the already existing San Diego Correctional Facility less than 2 miles away. Given the numerous costs to taxpayers as ICE pays billions per month to these private companies, the gross violation of human rights and inadequate healthcare in existing detention centers, how can jailing undocumented workers for indefinite periods without due process of law be a feasible option? When it fills the coffers of corporations and feeds into the gigantic prison-industrial complex, anything is feasible.
I like the picture by the CorpWatch artist. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" and we can scapegoat them, and put them in detention centers to make profit for corporations.
Check out this article – Jailing Immigrants for Profit for more information.