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For convicted immigrants, Maricopa County's tent jail may be last stop before deportation

An immigrant inmate reads on his bunk at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
An immigrant inmate reads on his bunk at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.John Moore / Getty Images
Immigrant inmates line up for breakfast. Striped uniforms and pink undergarments are standard issue at the facility.
Immigrant inmates line up for breakfast. Striped uniforms and pink undergarments are standard issue at the facility.John Moore / Getty Images
An immigrant inmate exercises while another sits on his bunk at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013. Striped uniforms and pink undergarments are standard issue at the facility.
An immigrant inmate exercises while another sits on his bunk at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013. Striped uniforms and pink undergarments are standard issue at the facility.John Moore / Getty Images
A deputy leads a tour group at the Maricopa County Tent City jail.
A deputy leads a tour group at the Maricopa County Tent City jail.John Moore / Getty Images

The tent jail, run by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, houses undocumented immigrants who are serving up to one year after being convicted of crime in the county. Many of the immigrants have lived in the U.S. for years, often with families. Most will be deported to Mexico after serving their sentences.

Sheriff Arpaio has come under scrutiny for his record on immigration enforcement, including lawsuits accusing him of civil rights violations and racial profiling. He recently won his sixth four-year term as sheriff.

An immigrant inmate reads on his bunk at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
An immigrant inmate reads on his bunk at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.John Moore / Getty Images
Immigrant inmates eat breakfast at the Maricopa County Tent City jail.
Immigrant inmates eat breakfast at the Maricopa County Tent City jail.John Moore / Getty Images
A minister leads immigrant inmates during a Protestant church service at the Maricopa County Tent City jail.
A minister leads immigrant inmates during a Protestant church service at the Maricopa County Tent City jail.John Moore / Getty Images