It’s a sad moment when your cynicism is so great that you’re not the least bit shocked at the revelation that a private prison company helped usher through the Arizona Immigration Bill so they would have people to populate their prisons. But, hey, okay, who cares because the people are from Mexico!
According to Corrections Corporation of America reports reviewed by NPR, executives believe immigrant detention is their next big market. Last year, they wrote that they expect to bring in “a significant portion of our revenues” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that detains illegal immigrants.
In the conference room, the group decided they would turn the immigration idea into a model bill. They discussed and debated language. Then, they voted on it.
“There were no ‘no’ votes,” Pearce said. “I never had one person speak up in objection to this model legislation.”
Four months later, that model legislation became, almost word for word, Arizona’s immigration law.
Fairly disturbing stuff. And yet another example of how corporations have way too much influence on the political direction of this country.