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    Partly because punitive actions against undocumented immigrants are popular in some congressional districts and partly because a more rational approach would disrupt cherished revenue streams. Private-prison lobbies have pushed to keep lucrative detention centers open. And local officials have “treated the increase in bed mandates as a source of revenue for counties and a job creator for their region,” according to a 2013 National Immigration Forum report.

    In its 2014 budget, the White House requested $120 million less for immigration detention beds than House Republicans want. An amendment sponsored by Democratic Representatives Ted Deutch and Bill Foster sought to strike the detention mandate from the Homeland Security appropriation bill altogether. Their amendment failed in June on a largely partisan vote.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/...

    Lot's of info on private prisons, the prison-industrial complex; and ALEC and Koch connections to it in Bob Sloan's diaries

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 11:25:38 AM PDT

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