by Julio Ricardo Varela
It is an extremist’s most exciting dream: set up a powerful lobbying group in Washington that unites the country’s top private jails and anti-immigrant legislators, have a few meetings to draft the law that would eventually be known as Arizona SB 1070, spread that law to other states to pass copycat bills, and have those private jails incarcerate those (mostly Latino) illegal immigrants to the tune of $5 billion in revenue.
Sounds like a typical liberal scare story, right?
Actually, no. This story is real. Illegal immigration has gone corporate, and the money involved can entice anyone who places the Almighty Dollar above the pain and suffering of human beings.
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This activism and Facebook success have propelled Cuéntame to launch a new investigation on the abuses of the private jail industry in the United States and how illegal immigrants are imprisoned. The group has released two brief videos (English and Spanish) about their cause:
If you are interested in learning more about what Cuéntame is doing, visit them at http://immigrantsforsale.org.
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