These companies are expected to profit from Trump’s continued ‘zero-tolerance’ policy at the border

The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border generated weeks of outrage, but for some federal contractors it’s also generating profits, analysts say.

The detention of thousands of adults and children is expected to be a boon for private prison operators with federal contracts, such as GEO Group, Inc. GEO, +1.61% and CoreCivic, Inc. CXW, +3.95%

Under Trump’s policy, launched in April, anyone who crosses the border without authorization is subject to criminal prosecution, even if they are seeking asylum. And even after the president signed an executive order on Wednesday stating families seeking asylum should be detained together when “appropriate and consistent with law and available resources,” there are still significant legal and logistical hurdles that need to be addressed.

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