Brewer, Pearce Would See Personal Financial Gain From Arizona Immigration Law
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Data collected by the Department of Homeland Security and the Pew Hispanic Center state that illegal crossings into this country have dropped nearly 70 percent since 2000. Yet, despite that statistic, officials like Arizona Governor Jan Brewer are insisting that undocumented workers are pouring into this country.
Along with the urgency for immigration reform, comes claims that these immigrants are responsible for headless bodies in the desert and “terror babies” being born here and ultimately destroying this country.
What Governor Brewer and Republican Senator Russell Pearce, principal architect of SB1070, fail to mention is that they have immense financial ties to the private detention and correction services. What this means is, as more arrests are made on federal immigration charges, more money goes into the pockets of those involved with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a company which stands to make a profit reaching into the millions if Arizona’s law passes.
CCA, a leading provider of detention and correction services in the country, holds the contract to imprison all federal detainees in the state of Arizona. Pearce’s financial records also show that the political action committees funded by CCA as well as GeoGroup (another detention services company) have donated the maximum amount allowed to his campaign.
CCA also contributed to Prop 100 and SB1070 which set the stage for Brewer’s reelection bid. Interestingly enough, when Phoenix’s CBS affiliate KPHO first reported on the conflict of interest the Brewer campaign pulled all its advertisements from the network.
Now, many are questioning what exactly is behind the pushing of Arizona’s immigration law. The facts could lead one to believe that the hysteria Arizona has caused across the country is nothing more that an attempt to funnel money into the private prison industry and subsequently into the pockets of the rabble-rousers.