Just like how Cap and Trade isn’t really about reducing global warming, so too is immigration reform really about making money. It all makes sense now!

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.

Some of the companies are huge — one is among the largest private employers in the world — and they say they are meeting demand faster and less expensively than the public sector could.

But the ballooning of privatized detention has been accompanied by scathing inspection reports, lawsuits and the documentation of widespread abuse and neglect, sometimes lethal. Human rights groups say detention has neither worked as a deterrent nor speeded deportation, as governments contend, and some worry about the creation of a “detention-industrial complex” with a momentum of its own.

  1. bobbo, some things are easy to see says:

    Worse: “for profit” penal systems. What did it take? About 6 months before the first judge was taking money to put juveniles into jail instead of probation?

    “Some things” are best done by government.

    Sorry “Job Creators” but you wear no clothes. Neither do your retard Puke supporters.


    • c ya says:

      Well, by looking at the digital signature avatar, I finally know you are not Oleo baggins of bywater.

  2. Jim Rudnick says:

    hate the new format here – it’s all sliced up and margins are compromised all over the place using win7/IE9….terrible!!!!

    I’d try to fix those….oh – lack of pix for the stories is also sorely missed too!


    PS the lack of a HELP button or FEEDBACK meant I posted this here…sorry!

  3. ReadyKilowatt says:

    Wow. A kernel patch, Firefox update and DU refresh all in one morning.

    Why does this story not surprise me at all? Maybe because it’s been happening since the beginnings of structured western government?


    “The earliest recorded Royal Charter was granted by Henry II to the Weavers’ Company in 1155”

    I’m sure there are plenty of earlier examples as well. Someone had to supply the Roman legions, and I’d bet it didn’t take too long for someone to convince the Roman Senate that outsourcing was the way to go.

    A more modern example comes from the book Colossus, by Michael Hiltzik. It is about the building of the Hoover Dam, and goes into excruciating detail of how it came about, and how 6 companies was formed from a group of government contractors, many of whom are still with us today. A good read if you’re into such things.

  4. e? says:

    The average unlawful boat arrival to Australia uses legitimate travel documents to travel by plane to Malaysia and Indonesia, where they often live for years before deciding that the Australian welfare state offers their families a more desirable lifestyle. They come to Australia having discarded their travel documents to conceal their identities, and sabotaged their boat so that they cannot be refused assistance or turned back when they reach Australian waters.

    It is entirely proper to detain them so that their identities can actually be checked before they are admitted to Australia as permanent residents to receive their lifetime of free healthcare, education, public housing (they go to the top of the queue), and welfare payments. Most of these undesirables remain on welfare indefinitely. (Legitimate refugees brought to Australia participate much more in employment and education than these moochers).

    When their detention is prolonged, for example because they lied and nobody knows who they are, or they are found not to be legitimate refugees but they refuse deportation, or because too damn many of them turned up at once; or when the computers aren’t good enough in the detention centre; or really for just any old reason, they riot and burn down their accommodation. But of course, they aren’t really like that.

  5. Dave Koss says:

    Seriously, this isn’t just to gripe. It’s a serious plea. The new site format is all over the place and it’s going to drive away traffic. It hurts to look at, especially as a designer. These double column stories are terrible and the pictures are all stretched out. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel or try to be like everyone else. What we like about your site is the content. Keep it simple. We don’t need gimmicks.

    It’s like any popular Youtube video that goes viral…
    Nobody cares that it wasn’t shot on a professional camera. It’s the content that matters.

    • Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

      I’ll give them this much: this is a lot better than the last time they tried to update the site.

      A whole lot of wasted screen space here, and the text is either too small or not black enough. Us old guys need contrast or size.

      I generally like the new format, but it needs some fixin.’

    • Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

      …I agree with Dave otherwise.

      An ‘edit’ function would be nice, too.

    • Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

      Maybe the two-column thing works if the main column is wider, and the stories are shortened when shifted to the dual-column secondary position.

      I like the list of stories at the bottom.

  6. scandihoovian says:

    I just threw up on my keyboard.

  7. Ah_Yea says:

    Yes, this new site format is broken.

    It doesn’t fix the real problems that needed to be addressed.

    Foremost, reverse to the prior format then do the following:

    1st. No more than 4 comments on any thread.
    2nd. No more than 250 words on any comment.

    This would vastly reduce inane babbling, comments that get to the point, and stop flame wars.

    Let’s call it the “Bobbo Rule”.

  8. Ah_Yea says:

    Let me elucidate further.

    No more then 4 comments form any one poster on any single thread.

    No more than 250 words in any single comments, or, say 1400 characters limit. If you have something to say, get to the point!

    That would be worlds better than this new format.

  9. Derek says:

    If the “for profit” penal systems can bring us back the old DU site layout back, I’m wholeheartedly support it!

  10. farbauti says:

    God Lord…..what the H%ll is this,Web 4.0? Let me know when its back to normal.

  11. McCullough says:

    Wait till the mass exodus from the Fukushima disaster starts…….

  12. JimD says:

    Don’t forget the “Private Prison” Industry !!! Gotta make more LAWS, SO WE CAN HAVE MORE CRIMINALS !!! The US of A has MORE PRISONERS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH !!! Including China and Russia !!! Now the Repukes don’t want to pay for prisons and what to start FLOGGING MISCREANTS in lieu of incarceration !!! Sick Bastards !!!

    • msbpodcast says:

      I’m sure a few well placed bribes, uh, campaign contributions, will get the Republicans on board over their ideological objections.

      Of course it will cost more than the Tea Partiers who don’t know their way around K-Street and could probably be bought for a couple of flannelette shirts.

      The Democrats are another matter entirely. They need prisons. They aren’t just executing prisoners like the Republicans. (Sorry Pakistani li’l girl but your illiteracy just made an Imam shit himself so you have to die or something.)

  13. msbpodcast says:

    Okay, ♪♫♪♫♪ the science in IN ♪♫♪♫♪

    From JCD’s point of view, this switch to the new threading comment system is a success since it has managed to get rid of or at least cut down on TEAD, (and other pro-life/anti-woman Fascist thugs who can’t their heads of a woman’s cunt,) and bobbo’s pointless, endless, boring, droning “on and on and on about how Mr. Smith should be running this country and how many languages Enoch Powell can speak and then he throws up all over the Cuba Libres.” (With thanks to Monty Python.)

  14. Richard Luce says:

    New format looks good on my iPad 2, good work!!

  15. Glenn E. says:

    Did you ever get one of those weird feelings that you went to bed, and woke up the next day on the wrong planet earth? This sounds like one of those “Alternative Earth” type stories. And yet you know, sick as it might make you feel, that it’s just close enough to the kind of crazy business, that good old familiar earth, might get itself up to. And did.

    And the other thing that just occurred to me was this. That we’re just one step closer to a world wide counter revolution, when the gov.s of the free world, permit and defend, such things to take place. Because, just as it always does, you know its going to go wrong.

  16. MikeN says:

    Well if it cuts down on illegal immigrants just not showing up for deportation court, then good. If they don’t like the detention center, they can always drop their appeal and leave.

  17. They come to Australia having discarded their travel documents to conceal their identities, and sabotaged their boat so that they cannot be refused assistance or turned back when they reach Australian waters.

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