The growing business of immigrant surveillance

Aug 2, 2023
Under the Biden administration, there’s been a rapid expansion of the electronic monitoring of immigrant families and individuals waiting for their immigration cases to move through the courts over several years. This investment in surveillance and case management tech is throwing private prison companies a lifeline.
A migrant charges his ankle monitor battery at an immigration facility in Texas. The use of ankle bracelets and GPS monitoring for recent border crossers with pending cases has ballooned under the Biden administration.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Private prisons anticipate business opportunity after Title 42

May 12, 2023
Two companies talked a lot about the ending of the Title 42 immigration policy in recent earnings calls.
Private prisons rely heavily on immigration detention contracts. Above, an immigrant detention facility in Virginia.
Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images