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Houston Chronicle
August 19, 2017

Private prisons boom in Texas and across America under Trump's immigration crackdown
By Lise Olsen

Among Trump's first actions was rescinding key immigration actions by the previous administration that had adversely affected both companies' profits and stock prices. Trump ended a policy that had narrowed the scope of immigrants targeted for deportation in the interior to those with more serious criminal convictions, and he reversed a plan to phase for-profit detention centers for federal prisoners. Already in his first months in office, more immigrants are being detained and fewer are being released. In 2016, an average of 2,400 detainees were being released from custody every month through ICE's prosecutorial discretion; that number plunged to about 100 through June this year, according to data released by the Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse. Nationwide, between February and late June of this year, ICE agents arrested more than 62,200 immigrants, a third more than in 2016, according to federal statistics released to the Houston Chronicle. At least 25 of the contract detention centers regularly used by ICE this year also are in Texas. They hold about a third of the nation's ICE detainees.

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