Immigration Detention: An American Business

Publication date: 
June 2018
Worth Rises logo, featuring their name on the right and a green building on the left with a purple bird flying upwards with a flight path shaded purple to look like a bar chart showing a steady increase. Posted to accompany their resource, Immigration Detention: An American Business.

This report covers the business of immigrant detention, including the number of people detained, for-profit company involvement, the role of government agencies, and the number of facilities involved.

On April 6, 2018, the administration announced a "zero tolerance" immigration policy that requires every undocumented adult immigrant and asylum seeker in the U.S. to be criminally prosecuted under federal law. As a result, over 2,000 children were forcibly separated from their families, labeled "unaccompanied," and transported to remote shelters around the country. After intense political backlash, on June 20, 2018, an executive order ended family separation by requiring that children be detained with their parents in family detention centers instead. The reunification plan for families already separated remains unclear.