"Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention", 2012. Immigration is a key issue in the U.S. presidential election with Republican candidates trying to demonstrate their tough stance on undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, under the Obama administration, the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high. Each day, the U.S. government detains more than 33,000 non-citizens at a cost of $5.5 million per day. The result is a lot of money for the powerful private prison industry, which spends millions of dollars on lobbying and now operates nearly half of the country's immigration detention centers. Fault Lines travels to Texas and Florida to investigate the business of immigrant detention and to find out how a handful of companies help to shape U.S. immigration laws.
To them he is profit. That's why he's been detained. That's why he's not home with me.Hope Mustakim, wife of Nazry Mustakim who was detained by ICE for nearly a year in the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, Texas