U.S. Study Finds Immigrants Imprisoned to Boost Prison-Corporation Profits


Eric Zuesse

93% of the people who are locked up in the U.S. in order to meet the minimum legal requirements for the number of people who must be locked up on possible violations of U.S. immigration laws, are locked in for-profit prisons, which are owned by corporations that heavily fund a few politicians, including Hillary Clinton.

That 93% finding was published on June 20th, in a study by the Center for Constitutional Rights, titled, “Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet”.

Ghita Schwartz, Senior Staff Attorney for CCR, said, in releasing the report: “Almost all guaranteed minimums are found in facilities that contract with private prison companies, and ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] actively collaborates with these companies to keep details of their contracts secret.”

On 28 April 2015, the Washington Post published an article, “How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about: Sen. Marco Rubio is one of the biggest beneficiaries.” It failed to include one crucial fact: Hillary Clinton is the other.

On 6 October 2015, Vice News revealed that fact when they headlined “How Private Prisons Are Profiting from Locking Up US Immigrants”, and showed that Hillary Clinton was by far the top recipient of funds from Corrections Corporation of America, and that Marco Rubio was by far the top recipient from the other of the industry’s giants, GEO Group, and that both candidates had raked in around the same total amounts from the industry. Furthermore: “The political contributions are the visible tip of the iceberg of the influence these folks wield.”

Consequently, U.S. immigration policies are highly shaped by corruption. Large corporations and their board members and their PACS don’t invest this money for nothing. They’re good at business. They’re buying policy, and the people who write and implement policy are basically their employees — just on the government’s payroll (and in order to get onto the government’s payroll, these politicians need those campaign contributions). After retirement from the government, government officials get hired by what libertarians naively call ‘the productive economy’ (other institutions that are as beholden to the big-money people as the government itself is). It’s like a person’s being hired by different subsidiaries of the same corporation.

This is the reason why 93% of the people who are locked up in the U.S. in order to meet the minimum legal requirements for the number of people who must be locked up on possible violations of U.S. immigration laws, are locked in for-profit prisons, which are owned by corporations that heavily fund a few politicians. It’s simply good business. Rotten government is good for the businesses that invest in it.

And this is the reason why, as The Nation headlined on 13 August 2014, “The US Keeps 34,000 Immigrants in Detention Each Day Simply to Meet a Quota”.

Interestingly, The Nation, since it’s a Democratic Party propaganda-sheet (just like, for example, National Review is a Republican one) headlined on 8 February 2016, “The Democratic Presidential Candidates Would End Private Prison Contracts: A Nation investigation found startling medical neglect inside privatized, immigrant-only federal prisons. Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton say they would end these, and all, private prison contracts.” However, the top people at that magazine aren’t really so naive as to believe that this would be the case if Clinton becomes their nominee. They’re just pretending to believe her words. They might try to find hires who are dumb enough to comply, if the hires aren’t themselves writing what they don’t really believe. That’s the way the ‘journalism’ game is played: the public be damned. And that way, for example, even a President as bad as Obama can still be praised, and so can such a catastrophically bad Secretary of State as Hillary Clinton.

The best thing that can be said about Donald Trump is that the Republican Party hates his guts and calls him a “fascist.” The second-best thing is that Trump has no record in public office and there’s thus no way of knowing what his policies really would be. What’s the best thing that can be said about Hillary Clinton? That she condemns some of the stupid things that Trump says? But why should one believe either person? Has either of them earned belief on the part of the public? Hillary has earned belief on the part of her mega-donors, but, has either of the two prospective nominees earned belief on the part of the public?

Such facts as “The US Keeps 34,000 Immigrants in Detention Each Day Simply to Meet a Quota” are merely symptoms of problems that run to the foundation of today’s America. The only prominent politician who has even been talking about those problems is Bernie Sanders, and his actual record in public office is remarkably close to his public rhetoric. That’s why I am hoping that his campaign for the White House will continue until November 8th — even if he then is no longer a ‘Democrat’. My vote can’t be bought or sold. It’s based entirely on a person’s record in public office — and only on that.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

  • qbert

    Would that be ILLEGAL immigrants or the Leftists’ usual use of the term to incorporate all (legal and illegal) immigrants? Because if it’s illegal immigrants your article is referring to for sympathy, then let them GO TO THEIR HOMELANDS AND STAY OUT! LEGAL immigrants are WELCOME! Why should millions of illegal foreigners have privileges to violate our laws/country, but the ones who choose to do things the legal way are put through flaming hoops, pay thousand$, and have to wait for approval? If they truly are fleeing for their lives, they’ll be able to prove it. They’re pillaging our country with impunity. Send them back!

    • cettel

      In most of those cases, nobody knows whether they are guilty of anything at all, they are simply being held while their cases are being investigated, or pending trial. Courts are heavily backlogged. The reason these people are there is to keep up the profits to the corporations that are warehousing them. You missed the point of this article.

  • eli isreal

    It’s a for profit corporation for sure. They have to support all the thugs (and their unions) in uniform. I cringe every time I hear a politician tell us they’ll “hire more cops” or build more Jails
    Round here there are empty beds in the local jails. Whatever proposition passed which made narcotics possession a misdemeanor, cleaned out the jails of 30% of the population.
    Don’t violate the terms of your probation or leave a bruise on a Witches Arm. You’ll do time

    • eli isreal

      And this prophecy was fulfilled; (I left a bruise on her neck, after 3 days of Godly “persuasion”)

      Heaven Exults over Babylon

      Rev 19 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

      6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
      Followed by another trip to Heaven to meet my wife. Her name is Miriam aka Eve. the most perfect woman God ever created. There was a stipulation though (and many beautiful women lined up as we slid into place) the “first” relationship in Heaven was with my wife. And I don’t remember a thing, so I had to ask. Yes we won. satan was destroyed. Now we’ll kill the flesh

      • RenegadeProphet

        Why do you post the confusing sht from the whack book? Allow me to elaborate using the half of the Bible you did not mention. The great multitude in heaven is the military jets from the invasion force coming from the North, the arctic where Russia has put over 840 military facilities. The harlot is the USA which is also the Mountains of Israel and Zion and Armageddon. The voice of the great multitude again is the invasion force and note the sound, great waters. if you read the description of military jets in Ezekiel 1,2, and 8 then you will notice the jets make the sound of great waters. Niagara Falls sounds like a jet. The lamd made ready is the remnant left of the Israelites who make it through. This is the 10% of Americans who survive WW3 and Planet X! The rest is BS. What god is Amen, btw? Is it Enki who made us or Enlil who hated us or even one of their kids? And if you are Noah (Ziusudru) then did you know they stole your boat off of Mt. Ararat? You can see the prints in Google maps and even the road they dug to carry it out.

        • eli isreal

          There’s 50,000 of you. it’s inevitable you’ll show up somewhere

          • RenegadeProphet

            You are about stupid as fck! there is ONE of me. There are thousands of you government liars who are paid to lie and confuse people with falsehoods!

    • RenegadeProphet

      They want more sheeple for the coming extermination!
      The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.