INSTITUTE INDEX: Trump immigration crackdown boosts private prisons

The Trump administration's plans to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants are already proving to be a boon to private prisons. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement photo via Wikipedia.)

Number of undocumented immigrants President Donald Trump has pledged to deport: at least 2 million

According to one analysis, total number that could be deported under his administration's policies: 8 million

Date on which U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, introduced a bill to impose a mandatory five-year minimum sentence for aliens who illegally re-enter the U.S., which would increase demand for prison space: 1/5/2017

Date on which Trump issued an executive order instructing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to expand its network of immigration detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border: 1/25/2017

Date on which U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a six-month-old Obama administration directive to curtail the government's use of private prisons: 2/21/2017

Number of immigration detention facilities in the U.S. currently, many of them in border states like Texas: more than 180

Percent of immigrant detainees held in facilities run by private companies: 65

Factor by which the Trump administration wants to increase the average number of immigrants detained daily, which currently stands at about 40,000: 2

Amount that expansion would cost the government annually: $2 billion

Amount GEO Group, a Florida-based private prison company that also runs immigration detention centers, contributed to a pro-Trump super PAC: $225,000

Amount it contributed to the Trump inauguration: $250,000

Amount CoreCivic, a Tennessee-based private-prison company and detention center operator formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, contributed to Trump's inauguration: $250,000

Since Trump was elected, percent by which the price of GEO Group stock has risen: 98

Percent by which the stock price of CoreCivic has risen: 140

Additional percent those stock prices are expected to rise over the next year: 10 to 20

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