Opinion: Here’s why Trump doesn’t really want to stop the migrant caravan

And while the public discourse may make it seem like the current administration wants to keep the thousands of people that now make up the migrant caravans from Honduras out of the country, that’s not likely to be the case. Instead, it would make sense for the government to want these people to reach US territory in order to be able to detain them. Why? Because there’s a lot of money in immigration detention. So much money, in fact, that Canadian pension funds are increasing their investments in the two largest US private detention corporations, CoreCivic, Inc. and GEO Group, Inc., because of pay-outs that are expected to continue to rise under the current government’s immigration policy.

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Carli Pierson

Carli Pierson

IHRL attorney & writer. Bylines in: PBS, USA Today, Independent UK, Al Jazeera, Romper, Ravishly, & National Catholic Reporter.