deportation profiteering?

Brent Finnegan -- October 15th, 2008

Local activist Patrick Lincoln was quoted in a Facing South story about companies that profit from deficiencies in the U.S. immigration/deportation system:

Private companies like ICA profit from inefficiency in the immigrant detention system. A recent article by the Washington Post documents immigrants languishing in ICE custody for months even after signing a voluntary deportation order. This means more days of space “purchased” from companies like ICA at taxpayer expense […]

Shenandoah Valley community organizer Patrick Lincoln questions the role of corporate lobbyists in setting immigration policy. “The criminalization of immigrants is about feeding a profit-driven prison system,” he said. “It’s no coincidence that alarm about immigration has mirrored a national decrease in crime, a slow-down in the growth of the prison system and a shrinking in the profits of companies like the Corrections Corporation of America.”

The story refers to an “increase in ICE activity with raids in Amelia, Harrisonburg, northern Virginia…” I’m not clear about what that’s referring to — unless the author means the ID fraud raid at Cargill in Dayton last March.

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