Over the weekend I stumbled upon a blog posted on MyCuentame.org, which I found to be particularly telling. It appears that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fl. - D) has endorsed Correction Corporation of America's (CCA) plan to build the largest immigration detention center in the United States.
For those of you who don't know, CCA is a private corporation that is in the business of designing, building, managing, and operating detention centers for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In short, they are in the business of locking up immigrants. CCA is for-profit, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Their profitablility is directly tied to the policies of the government as they relate to the number of immigrants being locked up.
It should be noted that the price of a single share of CCA stock has nearly doubled since President Obama's election. No small coincidence. Anyone that reads this blog knows that President Obama has implemented the most aggressive immigration enforcement and deportation policy in the history of the United States. Needless to say, for CCA, business is booming.
So back to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. CCA wants to build its newest super prison in a small Florida town that just happens to be in Schultz's district. Cuenteme reports that 99% of all the residents of this town, Schultz's constituents, oppose the building of a private for-profit prison that houses immigrant detainees. Schultz, in all her hypocritical glory, has backed the Corporation.
Does anyone else find it curious that the President and the party that pledged to champion the issue of comprehensive immigration reform have not introduced a single new piece of legislation in over three years that actually addresses the issue? I, for one, would like to know how much money CCA has donated to the DNC, President Obama, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, or alternatively to Super Pacs that fund their campaigns.
This President has set quotas of 400,000 deportations per year. I wonder how they came up with that number. Was CCA consulted?
The Administration has also stonewalled the release of immigration enforcement data. Another coincidence?
I implore you to click here to sign the petition to tell Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fl - D) to say NO to CCA because immigrants are not for sale!
Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).