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June 18, 2006 6:21 PM   Subscribe

Who says illegal immigrants don't boost the economy? Some are profiting right handsomely... (see the bottom of page 16 - 14 of the study) [both links are pdf docs]
posted by pwedza (11 comments total)
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posted by pwedza at 6:24 PM on June 18, 2006

Man, those videos on the company site. If you're a film student right now, take a good long look at those videos and ask yourself if that's how you want to pay your rent. It's creepy how whitewashed and happy they can make a goddamn prision appear.
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 6:36 PM on June 18, 2006

At least the first one ROCKS.
posted by pwedza at 6:48 PM on June 18, 2006

What a great investment for the wealthy: private prisons for the poor. It's only as medieval as it seems.
posted by taosbat at 7:25 PM on June 18, 2006 [1 favorite]

WTF pricate prisons???

America is more insane than I thought
posted by zouhair at 7:44 PM on June 18, 2006

As we look toward 2006 and
beyond, we continue to see the
same positive environment for
our company that existed last
year, an environment characterized
by growing prison
populations and a restricted
supply of new beds.

posted by taosbat at 7:48 PM on June 18, 2006

No, it's not a boost to the economy; it's a great example of the broken window fallacy at work.

And CXW is a shitty business. It very nearly failed 5 or so years ago when it was being run by morons who thought somehow that building spec prisons wouldn't stretch their capital base.

Furthermore, this is a shit post.
posted by Kwantsar at 7:51 PM on June 18, 2006

For taosbat and Zouhair - The main site gets you to a 280 page PDF here
posted by rough ashlar at 6:11 AM on June 19, 2006

Obviously Kwantsar understands little of irony.
However, I pardon his kneejerk.

I do grant that the post does not fully expose what is happening. Basically, the politics of immigration and America's general lack of interest has allowed DHS to contract detainees to local prison, many being private. Sadly enough, this is a "boost" to local economies because it provides money from the government ($90 per day per detainee is an estimate I have heard) to the prisons and it creates a job market in the detention facilities.

Supply and demand as taosbat noted above.

Contracting immigration detainees to local prisons is happening all over the country. Many of you quite possibly know people who could fall into this system. ...I guarantee that you have all seen one or two in the past day or so. [Unless you live locked in your bedroom watching Fox news.]

While there is much talk about building walls (a collegue of mine spoke with a senator last week and he quoted "the only immigration question is how high to build the wall"), there is little talk or interest in the actual fate of people being deported.

When studying the deportation question, it is particularly interesting to note that many of the people being deported are people who have lived in the U.S. for a long time, who are married, who have been refugees and since regularized and committed a minor crime...

International Detention Coalition

Detention Watch

I also completely disagree with Kwantsar's "Broken Window Falacy" comparison. Illegals awaiting detention are not a "broken window." Even if they need "fixing," there is no need for contractors to make HELLA CASH by supplying space for long detentions (2 months if not much longer) and big profits. Private contractors are purposefully profitting off of the backs of the weakest and they are doing so with the consent, if not initiative of the U.S. Government. The will of the American People?
posted by pwedza at 2:43 PM on June 19, 2006

I also completely disagree with Kwantsar's "Broken Window Falacy" comparison. Illegals awaiting detention are not a "broken window."

I'm fighting the urge to call you names, because it's clear that you can read, but it's also clear that you're not good at it. If you think that I brought up the BWF in order to imply that illegals were broken (or anything of the sort), then you don't know the first thing about the BWF.

"Gravity makes things fall to the Earth"
"I disagree strongly! Shovels have handles."
posted by Kwantsar at 9:11 PM on June 27, 2006

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