Yogi (not his real name) is a 27-year-old college graduate who ran a small construction clean-up company in Arizona until he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction in late summer of 2010. He was arrested and transferred to a detention center because of his lack of proper paperwork. Yogi has lived in the United States since 1990. Deportation Nation is publishing his letters as a blog from the Florence Correctional Center, a private detention center in Arizona that is owned by the Corrections Corporation of America.

Editor’s note: This is the latest blog post from a 27-year-old college graduate who ran a small construction clean-up company in Arizona until he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction in late summer of 2010. After Yogi (not his real name) was arrested and fingerprinted his information was shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was... Read More

Editor’s note: This is the latest blog post from a 27-year-old college graduate who ran a small construction clean-up company in Arizona until he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction in late summer of 2010. After Yogi (not his real name) was arrested and fingerprinted his information was shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was then... Read More

Editor’s note: This is the latest blog post from a 27-year-old college graduate who ran a small construction clean-up company in Arizona until he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction in late summer of 2010. After Yogi (not his real name) was arrested and fingerprinted his information was shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was then... Read More

After Breakfast we usually get to watch a little TV and its usually a Spanish channel with music and girls, letting us show a semblance of male bravado. At the tail end of that, 5 am or so, the guys assigned to cleaning crews go to a standing 10’ by 10’ steel cage by a hall door to take out cleaning materials. They come by, some with long brushes and some with spray bottles... Read More

I thought I have done most everything right, and to the best of my abilities. I grew up on the south side of Tucson an area of low social economic status along with thousands of at risk youth. I remember junior high classmates being pregnant, loosing friends to drive byes and to incarceration. Having gone against the odds and finishing high school, attending college, graduating... Read More

3:30am Line Servers! Juice Porters! The familiar cadence awakens me. In truth it doesn’t much wake me from a deep slumber as much as it jolts me to sit upright from another night of drowsy existence. It sounds bleak, I know, but lying inside the prison cell and not knowing the length of time you’ll actually be in here is exhausting. That’s because “ICE Detainees” are not... Read More

I’m 27 years old, this is my first blog. It’s odd to think I am writing it from a jail cell. Although, I should mention that officially I am not a prisoner, I am a detainee. Much like the people held in Guantanamo, I suppose, but my charge isn’t terrorism. My main charge is not being a US Citizen. My story is much the same as many kids who grow up in the US, Honor Roll K-12,... Read More