Nationwide campaign wins cancellation of for-profit detention center

Immigrant-rights activists in Florida and around the country are celebrating a victory over Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest and most powerful for-profit prison operator in the country.

CCA had already begun construction on a 500,000 square foot immigration detention facility in the south Florida community of Southwest Ranches when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced they would be cancelling plans to use the facility.

Opposition from the local community as well as a nationwide campaign against the facility are credited with center's cancellation. "This is the result of how a community, and the power of people came together against the obscure interests of profit,“  said Axel Caballero, founder and director of Cuéntame, an organization that created a documentary exposing the for-profit motive of prison operators. CCA, working through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was also behind the nationwide push for harsh anti-immigrant legislation like Arizona's racial profiling SB1070 bill, which benefits the for-profit prison industry by increasing the population of immigrant detainees.