We all know that Congress needs to get to work on immigration reform, but do you ever wonder who profits from today's broken, enforcement-heavy immigration policies?
Private prison operators do.
The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is one of the biggest private prison operators in the US and profits the most from a broken immigration system. In 2009, they earned over $1.7 billion in revenue - 40% of it from contracts with ICE, US Marshals Office and Federal Bureau of Prisons - and a large portion of that work was immigration related.
Check out our chart and then sign our petition to urge CCA to stop profiting off of our broken system:
CCA's Chairman William Andrews emphasized the importance of strict enforcement to the company's bottom line, telling investors:
"The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts...or through decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws."
It is no secret that unscrupulous employers game our broken immigration system by exploiting workers to pad their pockets with profits, but no one benefits more directly than private prison operators detaining undocumented immigrants.
If Congress passes immigration reform, private prison operators like CCA stand to lose their biggest cash cow.
It's time for CCA to join us on working together on immigration reform to benefit America's bottom line, not just theirs.
Click here to sign our petition: http://action.seiu.org/whoprofits
SEIU Immigration Reform Campaign Director