An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting into a New Mexico prison contractor unveiled an enormous for-profit operation that is contracted to make $150 million in five years by detaining immigrants. Although New Mexico is generally immigrant friendly and at times resists complying with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the deportations continued. So did the money flowing to the contractor, CoreCivic, the second-largest for-profit prison contractor in the country.
CoreCivic has brought jobs and property tax revenue to New Mexico, and for decades it has courted powerful state politicians with campaign finance donations. But CoreCivic doesn’t appear to be making New Mexico or the country safer. When Reveal examined ICE transport log data, it discovered that, contrary to President Trump’s claims that many immigrants are “bad dudes,” none of the more than 300 deportees flown out of New Mexico were involved in gangs, and nearly 90 percent of the immigrants had no criminal record aside from entering the country without authorization.