Louisiana is the site of U.S.’s most “invisible” interior border. Migrants from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and other global refugee crises arrive at the U.S.’s southern border with Mexico to request legal protection as asylum-seekers and are shuttled immediately to jails in Louisiana. More asylum-seekers are detained in Louisiana than in any other state in the nation outside of Texas. This is no accident. Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the world, and many of its cities are built around detention economies that incentivize the detention and deportation of migrants. Migrants in rural Louisiana jails are isolated – far from their families and communities of support in the U.S. as well as the legal representation needed to make their claims.
Know someone detained who doesn’t know anyone in the US and may benefit from being in relationship with a visitor, sponsor and/or pen pal?
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