Democracy Now! recently featured a great interview on how the current immigration crisis is tied to a successful year for private jails during a show that was hosted, as always, by Amy Goodman. Democracy Now! is an “independent global news hour that airs weekdays on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations”. Their website has a post that contains a full transcript from the interview and this description:
President Donald Trump’s executive order ending family separations at the border opts to indefinitely detain families together instead. The Nation reports that this policy will directly benefit the two largest prison companies in the United States: GEO Group and CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America.
We speak with Bob Libal, the executive director of the Austin-based civil and human rights group Grassroots Leadership. They sued the state of Texas when it tried to classify ICE’s family detention centers as “child care” facilities. They won, but the detention centers continue to operate without a license. His new article in the Texas Observer is headlined, “It’s Time to Decriminalize Immigration.” It is co-authored with Judy Greene.
The video is about 8 minutes. Take a look: