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 transferred from jail to ICE custody because he lacked proper immigration papers. 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.
Jan. 18, 2011
The lockdown lasted for two days and it was never made clear why it happened. They don’t need to give a reason, I suppose, but when you are punished for something without explanation it’s a little unnerving. Aside from that, we weren’t even allowed to take showers! Nevertheless, the ingenuity of a person with limited resources does not cease to amaze, we put together two boxes we would normally use for personal belongings and took “bird baths”. In other words, we used the stream that shoots past the sink next to the toilet to cleanse ourselves.