Well, this explains a lot.
Courtesy of the AP:
Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.
Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care, and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody.
Currently, more than 11,800 children, from a few months old to 17, are housed in nearly 90 facilities in 15 states — Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
They are being held while their parents await immigration proceedings or, if the children arrived unaccompanied, are reviewed for possible asylum themselves.
In May, the agency issued requests for bids for five projects that could total more than $500 million for beds, foster and therapeutic care, and “secure care,” which means employing guards. More contracts are expected to come up for bids in October.
This is just like the issue of criminal justice reform and lobbyists for private prisons. Nobody wants to change laws so that fewer people go to prison if the people who own those prisons send lobbyists to play footsie with the politicians responsible for changing those laws.
And so long as there is a profit motive, there will be those paid to argue against not throwing every immigrant who crosses the border into a detention center.
My question is who owns these detention centers and whose reelection campaign they are contributing to?
I am just going to go ahead and suggest that the answer to both of these questions is “conservative Republicans.”