Thesis: Implications of the Immigration Detention-Industrial Complex

The thesis focuses on the on the (allegedly) unethical political-economic relationships found within the privatized immigration detention center industry. The paper explores the unprecedented growth of immigration detention centers, despite a decrease in illegal immigration in recent years. An analysis on this phenomenon suggests that this growth can be attributed to both political and economic factors that include (but are not limited to) the creation of anti-immigration laws and proposals, as well as an increase in contractual agreements between the United States‘ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and private companies that provide detention services/facilities. The paper concludes with a discussion on the implications that this "immigration detention-industrial complex" has had on the immigrants currently residing in the United States, and the measures of action that can be taken to address this problem.

With the aid of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, as well as the Da Vinci Grant program from the Institute for the Liberal Arts (ISLA), I have travelled to Estonia, Finland, and Latvia to research the implementation of a nationally-mandated Computer Science curriculum in Estonia. Following that project, ISLA then funded a research endeavor in the United Kingdom focusing on the creation and diffusion of Social Impact Bonds. In addition, I have also travelled with the Student International Business Council (SIBC) to Panama, undertaking a case study on mineral extraction in conjunction with the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua de Panamá.

ISP Adviser
International Business Certificate
Graduation Year
Thematic Interests

Microfinance; Cross-cultural comparisons of education and prison systems; Criminal networks; International development


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