One Phoenix detainee’s story

PHOENIX – APRIL 30: Maricopa sheriff’s department officer Joe Herrera (L) watches as undocumented Mexican immigrant Manuel Gomez makes his bed at the Maricopa County “Tent City Jail” on April 30, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Gomez said he had been living in Phoenix for 22 years, working as a mechanic, when he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies at his home. He said he has an American wife and 6 children, all U.S. citizens. Some 200 undocumented immigrants are currently serving time in the facility, and most will be deported to Mexico, after serving their sentence. The controversial jail is run by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has been an outspoken critic of illegal immigration and a supporter of Arizona’s new tough immigration law. Prisoners detained at the spartan facility eat at twice a day, sleep in non-airconditioned tents and are issued striped uniforms and pink undergarments to wear. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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