Immigration Law

CCA, GEO Spend Millions Lobbying Congress for Immigration Prison Contracts; Profits Soar

"Contrary to private prison corporation claims that they do not lobby on issues related to immigration policy, between 2008 and 2014, CCA spent $10,560,000 in quarters where they lobbied on issues related to immigrant detention and immigration reform.  Of that amount, CCA spent $9,760,000, — 61 percent of total private prison lobbying expenditures — in quarters where they directly lobbied the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee, which maintains the immigrant detention quota language and shapes the way in which it is interpreted. ...

Two private prison corporations — CCA and GEO Group — dominate the immigration detention industry.  Together, they operate eight of the ten largest immigrant detention centers.  GEO and CCA combined operate 72 percent of the privately contracted ICE immigrant detention beds.  In the years following the implementation of the immigrant detention quota, CCA and GEO expanded their share of the total ICE immigrant detention system from 37 percent in 2010 to 45 percent in 2014.  GEO Group in particular has increased its share of the total ICE immigrant detention system to 25 percent in FY14 from 15 percent in FY10.  Both companies have significantly augmented their profits since the implementation of the quota, CCA from $133,373,000 in 2007 to $195,022,000 in 2014.  GEO experienced an even more dramatic profit increase from $41,845,000 in 2007 to $143,840,000 in 2014, a 244 percent increase." - Payoff: How Congress Ensures Private Prison Profit with an Immigrant Detention Quota, April 2015.