This Article presents an original exploration of the connections between the corporatization of mass immigration detention, the societal and political pressures for stricter immigration law and policy, and the subordination of immigrants. In short, the social and political subordination of immigrants, who embody the marginalized identities of criminal, non-citizen, and person of color, feed the profit-seeking carceral machine. To illuminate this practice, the Article uses as a case study the increased detention of mothers and children immigrants, who migrated to the United States in record numbers in 2014. This intersection between corporate profit models—immigration law and policy—and critical legal studies has not yet been fully explored in the scholarly literature. Upon setting a foundation regarding the history and constitutional underpinnings of immigrant detention and presenting a snapshot of the current state of detention, the Article then focuses on the corporatization of incarceration and immigration detention. Further, the profiteering—immigration detention intersection is placed within the context of subordination theory. Finally, the Article concludes by providing paths to legislative and regulatory reform and to modes of advocacy to disrupt the entrenched intersectional foundation.
Intersectionality at the Intersection of Profiteering and Immigration Detention,
94 Neb. L. Rev. 963
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