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‘This is literally an industry’: drone images give rare look at for-profit Ice detention centers

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A new exhibition combines interviews with ex-detainees on their trauma during Covid-19, and imagery of the growth of private-run detention in the US

“Imagine how it feels there, locked up, the whole day without catching the air, without … seeing the light, because that is a cave there, in there you go crazy; without being able to see my family, just being able to listen to them on a phone and be able to say, ‘OK, bye,’ because the calls are expensive.”

That’s how Alejandro, an asylum seeker from Cuba, described his time in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) detention center.

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