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In a March 13, 2012 file photo, Gary Mead, an official with U.S. ICE, stands at a new civil detention facility for low-risk detainees in Karnes City, Texas.

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ocking up illegal immigrants has grown profoundly lucrative for the private prisons industry, a reliable pot of revenue that helped keep some of the biggest companies in business.

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