About Secret History

Commentary on Latin America.
Mostly about Mexico - but not always.
Designed to encourage readers to learn about
the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people
spread across two continents
- but not always.
You can always count on a little snark.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Go Away, Says Georgia (to its economy)

Georgia has passed a "tough" new immigration law that allows state and local law enforcement to get involved with the immigration status of people they are questioning as well as fines and jail time for those associated with migrants. While it might hurt the agricultural, construction, and general service economy of Georgia, it seems that there is one segment of the population that will profit: private prisons.

1 comment:

El Aguila said...

It's funny how we overlook the real economic fact that poor people is big business. And of course so is immigration security. It seems in the absence of cold war military bases as a means of federal stimulus, we now have immigration stimulus funding. Here is an NPR article about the lobbying impact of private prison firms on Arizona public policy: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130833741