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September 10, 2010

CCA invests into Arizona SB 1070

Anti-immigration hysteria tied to the private prison industry

By Nyles Kendall

Published: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"The now-infamous “show me your papers” law which requires Arizona law enforcement to check the legal status of anyone “reasonably suspected” of being undocumented has brought illegal immigration to the forefront of American politics.

S.B. 1070’s incessant media coverage and the grossly overstated urgency for immigration reform would lead many to believe Mexican drug cartels were on the verge of overthrowing the government and illegal aliens were running rampant through the streets.

But data collected by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Department of Homeland Security indicate that apprehensions of illegal crossings have dropped by nearly 70 percent since 2000.

Still, despite the overwhelming evidence indicating otherwise, prominent Arizona politicians have continued to insist that illegal immigrants are pouring into the country in droves, responsible for headless bodies in the desert and “terror babies” intent on destroying our way of life.

Why is it that as illegal immigration becomes less of a national security threat, anti-immigration sentiment has ratcheted up?

It is because those who have politically profited off the issue of illegal immigration by stoking fear are the beneficiaries of more than just electoral capital.

Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed S.B. 1070 into law, and the legislation’s principal architect, Russell Pearce, both have extensive financial ties to the private prison industry powerhouse Corrections Corporation of America, a company which stands to profit in the sum of millions if Arizona’s “papers please” legislation is enacted.

CCA, one of the leading providers of detention and correction services in the country, holds the contract to imprison all federal detainees in the state of Arizona. S.B. 1070 would lead to more arrests on federal immigration charges, causing money to pour into the gargantuan coffers of the private prison industry and directly into the bank accounts of those who are financially tied to it."...

http://wildcat.arizona.edu/mobile/perspectives/anti-immigration-hysteria-tied-to-the-private-prison-industry-1.1572422

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 10, 2010 08:34 AM

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