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Trump’s Repressive Immigration Policies & Private Prisons

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President Trump issued an executive order directing immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) to locate and lockup undocumented immigrants. Ice’s new policy included imprisoning undocumented immigrants without a criminal record.

In 2017, individuals detained without any criminal record by ICE increased more than 50 percent. Inmate deaths in Ice prisons were 10 in 2016 and 8 already by May 31, 2017

Seven of the eight deaths in 2017 occurred in Ice facilities managed and controlled by private prison companies. The Obama administration’s justice reform policy in 2016 included eliminating federal private prisons. The Office of Inspector General’s 2016 memo on private federal facilities concluded they were less safe, secure, and did not save substantial money. Pres. Trump and his administration had different ideas about the use of private prisons.

Trump’s new attorney general, J. Sessions, announced the reversal of Obama’s policies on private prison companies. Before Session’s announcement in February, there were financial ties between Trump and private prison companies.

Private prison companies had financial ties to Trump’s election and inauguration. GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest for-profit prison operators, donated $250,000 to support Trump’s inaugural festivities. A Geo subsidiary contributed $250,000 to a super PAC which supported Trump for his 2016 presidential election. Another prison operator, CoreCivic, gave $250,000 to support Trump’s inauguration.

On April 13, the GEO Group was awarded a ten-year contract for a $110 million, 1,000-bed immigration detention center in Texas.

Geo with three facilities in Arizona, reported in May, a substantial increase in profits under President Donald Trump’s administration. The Geo Group stated that increased detentions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was the cause for its higher profits ($50 million for 2017-1st quarter). CEO George Zooley indicated the company anticipates higher profits for the following quarters.

Trump’s 2017 so far, in only four months, has shown Trump’s close financial ties to private prisons, Trump’s administration increased locking up of immigrants without criminal records, private prison companies enjoying fatter profits, and more immigrants dying in federal facilities operated by private prison companies.

By: Bradley Schwartz
Founder of
Prison consultant

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8 Responses to Trump’s Repressive Immigration Policies & Private Prisons

  1. PrsonP@th June 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    If they didn’t come here illegally whey would not have to worry about going to jail. That’s where they belong.

  2. PrsonP@th June 8, 2017 at 2:44 am #

    Tough shit. If your an illegal n especially a criminal you do NOT belong here definitely have NO rights.

  3. PrsonP@th June 8, 2017 at 2:45 am #

    Jason– Amen bye bye!

  4. PrsonP@th June 8, 2017 at 2:46 am #

    Thank you for sharing, Bradley. To the above commenters, I hope that even if you support the detaining of illegal immigrants, you still acknowledge the existence of human rights, and that as a country, we compromise our legitimacy, our dignity, and our own safety when we violate human rights in our detainment process.

  5. PrsonP@th June 8, 2017 at 2:46 am #

    You are welcome Katherine, and I agree with you completely. Everyone has rights and deserves justice.

  6. PrsonP@th June 8, 2017 at 2:47 am #

    Conflating these two things is spurious and counterproductive. If you want to discuss privatization of prisons, eith your demontrative anti-Trump bias, thst is one thing. Studies are all over the map on this subject, Government Employee Unions don’t want privatization because they lose members. Government agencies want privatization because it is easier to keep costs in line. Both sides stack statistics in favor of their position, and point to “human rights” as the boogeyman. Frankly, having Government Employees in Unions is having the fox watch the henhouse.
    As for immigration, people who enter this country ” in violation of a law forbidding,” entry without documents, are criminals by definition. They mist be held accountable for their crime, and any others they commit. To whine about their becoming involved in incarceration, and trying to blame our prisons on their deaths, in custody, with a broad brush, not identifying the causes in each case, and implying impropriety is counter to the justice system (innocent until proven guilty) as a whole.

  7. PrsonP@th June 8, 2017 at 2:48 am #

    Does prisonpath conduct your activities without profit or without a salary. For if you do make money off your business you are the kettle calling the pot black.
    By –Ed

  8. Lisa Gerwels June 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    Bet you’d care if it was Caucasian people dying in priaons… hell everytime one gets beat up i hear it on the news …. but ohhhhh hell who cares if its a bunch of ilegal mexicans huh? Yall make me sick! U know most of those “mexicans” have names and homes and god forbid children here!!!! Who is anyone trump or not to TAKE a man away from there home and family like freaking cattle!! How would u like it if men came and picked u up from ur dinner table in front of ur family and decided since ur great great grand d
    Fathsr was from the Czech Republic guess what u gor a one way ticket while ur family and children are screaming for u not to leave them…. most of these people came here to have what u have safty, job, family, house and they have been here for years so this is their home they dont know another one…. we are the land of opportunity arnt we? Or is that just for americans? And It wouldnt matter if they were legal or not u still woukd look the same way at them…..
    Im officially embarrassed to be a US citizen this country has gone to hell!! And watch ur little leader yeah the one who bombs countrys and cant even remember what country it was that he bombed lol will put this country in ww3 and everyone will be against us bcz he done pissed eveeuone off including his own!
    U know my fience is illegal and is currently serving a year down in westville prison bcz of a rasist judge! Unless u heard of somwone going to prison over a simple infraction traffic ticket when u werent even arrested for it…. didnt think so!!
    My fience is the smartest person i know and is always excelling in anything he does! His job lo he would work circles around yall! And still be done by 1030am ready to go home… it took hiring 5 ppl to fill his one job… not to mention his pay u wouldnt make that much in a month….. and he earned it all by working his butt off…. 14 years ago he came here and taught himself English by watching our movies with subtitles and then listening to them in english…. so when u wanna put all illigal mexicans in a catagory remember there are ones who deserve to be here just as much as u do if not more!!! Everyone has a sorry well someday sit down with one of them and listen to their story i promise it wont be a poor me my daddy left when i was 5 and. My mama is a crack head…. it will be a story u could put in a book…. so for real for real when u starting to feel some type of way about illegals maybe u should stop and think every single one of those human beings deserve to have the same opportunity as u the same freedom and safety u have the same rights u have….. i mean come on puttin all illegals in one category wouldbe like saying everyone who ownes a pitbull teaches that dog to kill so all pit bulls are vicious attack dogs that will kill u as much as look at you!!!
    Believe me i used to have a simular opinion as u sid before i met my fience but since then my eyes have been opened to a whole new world i was missing out on!!! Like omg the taco truck!!! Yum!!

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