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Immigration Law

Money & Politics in Immigration Detention

Institute for Justice & Journalism, Sept. 12-13, 2016, Denver - "Detaining immigrants is big business. The Department of Homeland Security has an annual budget for immigration detention of at least $2 billion and locks up more than 400,000 people each year – double the number from 10 years ago. The detention system encompasses a network of 250 facilities around the country operated by city and county governments as well as private, for-profit companies.

Who is making money from detentions? What are the connections between Immigration and Customs Enforcement, local governments and private prison companies? How is the growing business of detention influencing laws about immigration?

These questions and more will be examined at a two-day workshop organized by the Institute for Justice & Journalism. Seventeen journalists representing diverse media outlets from around the country were selected from a competitive pool of more than 65 applicants. IJJ invited Immigration and Customs Enforcement and private prison companies Geo Group and CCA to speak at the training; they declined."