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In fact, let me do this for ya'll. Most of you don't know how much money can be made out of prisons and prisoners. Let's see about informing you. This was originally laid out by a friend of mine, so I preserve the link order.

Here's the original bit that I just posted: Efforts to replace immigrant workers in Alabama fields coming up short. The headline is self-explanatory. Basically, the people who are willing to work the crap field jobs? Don't have the strength, stamina, or speed to work them.

A four-person crew of immigrant workers can pick and box more than 250 crates of tomatoes in a day, Spencer said, or enough for each person on the crew to earn about $150 at the height of the harvest.

A 25-person team of citizens recently picked and processed about 200 boxes in a day, he said, earning each member only $24. Spencer said the people weren't in good enough physical condition to work harder or longer hours and typically gave up when faced with acre after acre of tomato plants ready to be picked.


The Alabama government brosefs are in denial, though.

Next up? Now read this: Alabama immigration law could push federal government in new direction

And this: A boom behind bars: Private jail operators are making millions off the crackdown on illegal aliens

Got all that? Don't know who CCA is and the main players for the whole prison-for-profit thing? Read up:

Corrections Corporation of America
Perhsing Square Capital Management
Bill Ackman

Where does that all lead to? It leads to this: Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law

It was last December at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Inside, there was a meeting of a secretive group called the American Legislative Exchange Council. Insiders call it ALEC.

It's a membership organization of state legislators and powerful corporations and associations, such as the tobacco company Reynolds American Inc., ExxonMobil and the National Rifle Association. Another member is the billion-dollar Corrections Corporation of America — the largest private prison company in the country.


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The law could send hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to prison in a way never done before. And it could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in profits to private prison companies responsible for housing them.

Not that there's any need for this legislation if you live in one of the Constitution-free zones.

And last, for emphasis, keep in mind the lobbying efforts of CCA.

Now draw your own conclusions.

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