Main menu:

History of RPE Thought

Posts by Tag

RSS New from the CCPA

  • Towards Justice: Tackling Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada July 9, 2019
    CCPA senior economist David Macdonald co-authored a new report, Towards Justice: Tackling Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada­—released by Upstream Institute in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)—tracks child poverty rates using Census 2006, the 2011 National Household Survey and Census 2016. The report is available for […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Fossil-Power Top 50 launched July 3, 2019
    What do Suncor, Encana, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Fraser Institute and 46 other companies and organizations have in common? They are among the entities that make up the most influential fossil fuel industry players in Canada. Today, the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) is drawing attention to these powerful corporations and organizations with the […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Tickets available for Errol Black Chair Fundraising Brunch 2019 June 26, 2019
    You are invited to CCPA-MB’s annual fundraising brunch in support of the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues.  Please join us to honour: Honoured Guest: John Loxley is Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Guest Speaker:  Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • The fight against ISDS in Romania June 24, 2019
    CCPA is proud to co-sponsor this terrific video from our colleagues at Corporate Europe Observatory. It chronicles grassroots resistance to efforts by Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources to build Europe’s largest open-pit gold mine in a culturally rich and environmentally sensitive region of Romania. After this unimaginably destructive project was refused by the Romanian public and courts, the […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • A critical look at BC’s new tax breaks and subsidies for LNG May 7, 2019
    The BC government has offered much more to the LNG industry than the previous government. Read the report by senior economist Marc Lee.  
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Progressive Bloggers

Meta

Recent Blog Posts

Posts by Author

Recent Blog Comments

The Progressive Economics Forum

P3 and Immigration Law in Arizona – “Both” Sides Win?

NPR has just published a very nice piece of investigative journalism about the role of the private prisons industry in influencing immigration law in Arizona. The new law, passed last spring, extends the power (and responsibilities) of police officers to scrutinize immigrants, essentially allowing policemen to stop anybody they deem suspicious and ask them for immigration documents. People found without immigration papers can then be detained and illegal immigrants can spend up to six months in jail.

This is where the prison industry comes in. Further criminalizing immigrants provides a whole new potential prisoner population to tap into, a nice profit opportunity. NPR uncovered evidence that the state senator who proposed the bill first presented his project at a conference where legislators and private firms – notably from the prisons industry – were present. The idea was debated and turned into a bill at the conference, before being brought back to Arizona. The rest of the story involves typical linkages through campaign financing, etc.

Here is my favourite quote from the NPR article. The journalist asks an individual who works for the group which sponsored the conference (and is further currently for congressional office in Maryland) whether such a process is common:

Asked if the private companies usually get to write model bills for the legislators, Hough said, “Yeah, that’s the way it’s set up. It’s a public-private partnership. We believe both sides, businesses and lawmakers should be at the same table, together.”

Both sides… one wonders where this leaves the rest of the population, which is somewhat reminescent of a lot of the debates about public-private partnerships in Canada. The Arizona law is being fought in the streets and the courts – on the basis that immigration is a federal matter – which in a way is an answer: The process leaves most people in the streets, at least until the next election.

Comments

Comment from melior
Time: October 31, 2010, 9:23 pm

Kudos to the folks at Nice Polite Republicans (bless their hearts) for running this story. It might be too much to ask for them to attribute Morgan Loew at KPHO-TV for doing the original investigative work and breaking the story two and a half months ago though, as extensively reported at the time by Rachel Maddow.

Comment from Erin Weir
Time: November 1, 2010, 8:07 am

Great post! I wish that this information had gotten more attention sooner. The initial reaction to the Arizona bill was to call it racist, which I think mainly served to entrench its supporters.

Comment from Bluedogdemagogue
Time: December 7, 2010, 6:47 am

The Prison Industrial Complex is fed by the disproportinate number of persons of colour in jail. Is the bill racist? Undoubtedly, but that doesn’t discount an enquiry into the intersection of capitalism and racism, in this instance. Besides, it is always prudent, in seeking the truth, to “Follow the money”!

Write a comment





Related articles