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San Antonio Current
March 12, 2019

Detention Inc.: Trumpís Immigrant Crackdown Means Big Money for Private Prisons, Including Three in San Antonioís Backyard
By Sanford Nowlin

The Obama administrationís Justice Department in 2016 determined that private prisons were more violent that government-run facilities and began phasing them out. However, Trumpís first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, reversed the order after taking office. And with Trumpís turbocharged approach to immigration enforcement, it looks likely his administration will only increase its reliance on private detention. At present, there are 829,000 cases pending in U.S. immigration courts, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which tracks federal spending. That backlog has increased by 50 percent since Trump took office in 2017.

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