The detention of illegal immigrants has led to an increase in for-profit private prisons. According to the Huffington Post, there are more than 23,000 undocumented immigrants being held in private prisons in the United States. Also, the Federal Bureau of Prisons now pays $5.1 billion to private prisons versus the $760 million they paid more than a decade ago. President Obama is calling for a decrease in the amount of money given to these private prisons and has asked the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to look into alternatives to locking up illegal immigrants.

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