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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.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.