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Private Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Immigration Law

First Posted: 12/28/10 05:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET


Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.

Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch.

"The gentleman that's the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger," Nichols said. "He's a great big huge guy and I equated him to a car salesman."

What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.

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