My latest for NBC Latino…

NBC Latino

The private prison lobby, which gains profit off the misery of minorities and the poor, has emerged as one of the main influencers of tougher enforcement of immigration laws. And behind the prison lobby are minorities doing their bidding.

According to the ACLU, private prisons are responsible for approximately 6 percent of state prisoners, and 16 percent of federal prisoners. Today, almost half of all immigrants detained by the federal government are held in private prisons and the private prison industry has grown over 1,664 percent from 1990 to 2009.

Operation Streamline was implemented along the Mexican Border in 2007 to address drug trafficking, but it ended up burdening caseloads with non-violent migrant workers and those seeking to reunite with their families.

Behind the prison lobby encouraging these kinds of programs are groups like The GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) who have contributed millions to ensure that politicians…

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