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IMMIGRATION: Series should affect public policy

Letter by Lucinda Wingard, Gig Harbor on Sep. 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm | 6 Comments »
September 17, 2012 3:27 pm

Congratulations to The News Tribune on publishing a fine series, “Center of detention,” and giving it the space it deserves. There are many conclusions one can draw from reading it beginning to end.
One I draw concerns our government’s trend toward privatization.

Many “small” businesses look for ways to help themselves from the public coffers, like Correctional Services Corp. does. Maybe that’s good entrepreneurship, but when that business’ eye on its bottom line starts affecting public policy, that’s where taxpayers should scream foul.

Currently, taxpayers are paying for lengthy incarceration of people who are not a threat to public safety and who could instead be working and paying taxes themselves. Because CSC makes a healthy profit from this practice, should we taxpayers not object?

For those who’d rather tattoo “illegal alien” on foreheads rather than spend money to fix our broken immigration services program, I say that’s a foolish economy. Furthermore, facts demonstrate that we of the “legal” middle class enjoy many financial benefits from the working poor, who include so many undocumented immigrants.

For financial, ecological and ethical reasons we should work to put CSC out of business.

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