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Who benefits from immigrant detention?

A major beneficiary of increased immigration detention is the private prison industry, which holds 65 percent of detained immigrants.Madison Pauly, “The Private Prison Industry is Licking its Chops over Trump’s Deportation Plans,” Mother Jones, February 21, 2017. As ICE detained record numbers of immigrants, the administration began taking proposals in 2017 to build private detention facilities. Private prison company GEO Group won a $110 million federal contract to build a 1,100 bed facility, the first new immigration detention center under the Trump administration. The move surprised immigration rights advocates, who noted ICE’s lack of funds as well as a surplus of empty beds in existing GEO facilities.Meredith Hoffman, “Immigrant Center to Be Built in Texas for $110M,” U.S. News & World Report, April 13, 2017.