Trump makes enormous personal profits while more immigrants enter the country, more immigrants die, and more human rights abuses occur in the country’s PPCs.
Immigrant detention centers all across the country have experienced riots over inadequate health services, inhumane conditions, and sexual abuse. These riots are representative of a larger and more elusive epidemic. The covert and insidious world of the current prison industrial complex (PIC). For-profit prisons are now largely devoid of oversight and regulatory measures. This has allowed rampant human rights abuses to go unchecked within these facilities. These ongoing riots are far from isolated incidents under Trump’s new paradigm of corruption. Operating in the shadows of the White House, Trump and his vested private prison corporations (PPCs) are profiting millions of dollars from his government’s newly subsidized business of immigrant detention. The for-profit prison corporations are channeling exorbitant political contributions into the existing corrupt Congress and into Trump controlled companies. This in turn ensures that more money will be pumped into immigration enforcement, fueling the revenue of the prison industrial complex (PIC).
Immigrants held in detention centers work for free, or are paid with sodas or candy bars, while being required to work when sick or threatened with solitary confinement for refusing.
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How will Trump’s immigration policy actually work?
The current increasing detention rate of innocent undocumented immigrants is the outcome of a corrupt process between the government, private prison corporations (PPCs), and the Congress. Each of which have their own vested interests in adding to this problem, but who collectively have created a cycle of corruption that may be difficult to reverse. In response to increasing public pressures Congress continues to pass illegal anti-immigration legislation, Trump’s government enforces these illegal laws and then contracts with the PPCs to facilitate an increasing number of federally convicted detainees. In return, the PPCs, whose profits are dependent on the number of incarcerated immigrants, pay the Congress to pass further laws and appropriate spending to increase even stricter immigration policies. This allows the PPCs to make secret deals and sign secret contracts with Trump vested government agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which enforce the anti-immigration laws passed by Congress. This causes immigrant incarceration rates to skyrocket, making PPCs ultimate winners and allows Trump a political and financial gain in halting immigration reforms and publicly justifying his attack on immigrant rights.
Immigrants in holding centers may be in the country illegally, but they may also be asylum seekers, permanent residents or American citizens whose documentation is questioned by the authorities.
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Who will drive Trump’s immigration policy?
The government agency responsible for the enforcement of immigration laws is the Bureau of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has a mandate to identify, apprehend, detain, and remove criminal aliens and other removable individuals from the country. ICE has a zero-tolerance policy which makes it a federal crime for undocumented immigrants to enter and then re-enter the country. Trump’s use of this policy is the primary reason for the current skyrocketing detention rates. Trump is simply publicly justifying his use of this policy as prevention through deterrence. Under Trump ICE has criminalized undocumented entry, and thrown immigrants into detention centers, while even detaining immigrants seeking refugee status. This approach has resulted in over-crowding of ICE facilities, which naturally results in ICE reaching out to the PPCs for use of their facilities.
The Corrections Corporation of America’s revenue, for example, rose more than 60 percent over the last decade, and its stock price climbed to more than $30 from less than $3. Last year, the company made $301 million in net income and the GEO Group made $115 million, according to earnings reports.
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Who will benefit from Trump’s immigration policy?
Trump and his PPC backers clearly understand that increasing border patrol as a method of producing higher immigrant detention rates will make everyone huge profits. Currently the PPC industry is a $3 billion dollar industry, with over half of this profit coming from facilities holding undocumented immigrants. The two biggest corporations running these private prisons, both of which have close ties with Trump’s group of companies, are the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which operates 67 prisons and the GEO Group, which operates 95 prisons. The federal Government provides these companies with lucrative contracts, which have increased two-fold since Trump’s election. To date the GEO Group has received $216 million dollars in contracts and CCA has received $208 million dollars in contracts from Trump’s government.
How will Trump’s immigration policy be held accountable?
Contracting with the PPCs is an issue because they are not held accountable to the same regulations that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), sets for public prison facilities. This allows the PPCs to operate regardless of huge human rights abuses that go unreported. The human suffering that is oftentimes found in PPCs, ranges from undernourishment to a total lack of medical assistance for inmates. Currently the private prison industry operates largely unrestrained as a result of a lack of transparency and the ability to circumvent most existing regulatory measures. To date the PPCs’ lobbying group has spent over $7 million on transparency legislation prevention maneuvers. Proponents of PPCs contracting with the U.S. Government could certainly make the argument that they are only responding to market demand for a particular service; in this case, immigrant detention centers. Such a response is only legitimate when the PPCs are not partnering with government to alter such market demand to suit both parties corrupt monetary greed. Massive lobbying and political bribery payments suggest that private prison corporations and Trump government corruption are influencing immigration enforcement policies adversely.
The federal government’s failure to properly act on illegal immigration, and its utter incompetence at evolving its methods of enforcement, has left immigration reform in shambles.
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Who will finance Trump’s immigration policy?
In an effort to ensure that profits from their contracts are increased, PPCs strategically target certain known corrupt members of Congress who deal with immigration matters. Florida Senator Marco Rubio of the Senate Sub-Committee on Homeland Security has received $27,300 in political contributions from the second largest prison corporation, the GEO Group. Arizona Senator John McCain has received $32,146 from CCA. Both of whom have introduced legislation appropriating greater funds for immigration detentions while the PPCs have also contributed more than $200,000 dollars in political contributions to Trump’s group of companies. Simply put – The more money given to the DHS increases the potential for ICE to contract more with private prisons resulting in more detainment of undocumented immigrants. Currently ICE incarcerates up to 34,000 immigrants per day, costing taxpayers $2 million dollars annually.
Immigrants who commit serious crimes, even if they once had legal status, can have that status revoked and can be subject to deportation.
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What is Trump’s immigration policy supposed to accomplish?
With harsher immigration policies and higher rates of immigrant detention, Trump hopes to convince the country that he can stop immigrants from coming into the country through a policy of prevention through deterrence. What Trump is not telling the country is that the costs of alternatives to detention (ATDs), such as parole or monitoring programs, are as low as $7 a day, compared to detention costs averaging $159 per day. What Trump is also not telling the country is that his current anti-immigration policies and his approach of deterring immigrants through the use of immigration detention centers is not having his promised effect of stopping immigrants from coming into the country. Instead, his tactics are creating more immigrants entering the country, more immigrant deaths, and more human rights abuses in PPCs, but which are making Trump enormous personal profits.
Two private prison companies, the Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group, control all illegal immigrants in the country.
Paul Cogan is a writer for the republicandirtytricks.com and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in coverage of justice, political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him by following him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/paul.f.cogan.
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