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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Governments Turn to Private Firms to Detain Migrants


“The men showed up in a small town in Australia’s outback early last year, offering top dollar for all available lodgings. Within days, their company, Serco, was flying in recruits from as far away as London, and busing them from trailers to work 12-hour shifts as guards in a remote camp where immigrants seeking asylum are indefinitely detained. It was just a small part of a pattern on three continents where a handful of multinational security companies have been turning crackdowns on immigration into a growing global industry. Especially in Britain, the United States and Australia, governments of different stripes have increasingly looked to such companies to expand detention and show voters they are enforcing tougher immigration laws.” (New York Times)

Privatization did not originally mean contracting out for the violation of rights.

FEE Timely Classic
“The State Is the Source of Rights? It Just Ain’t So” by Donald J. Boudreaux