"When Jesús Enrique Rodriguez Mendoza turned himself in to immigration officials, he figured he would be detained but assumed it would be for a short time. Instead, he spent nearly two years in an El Paso detention facility.
'You feel like you’re being punished and it’s a horrendous feeling,' he said. It’s not what he expected after fleeing political persecution in Venezuela.
The detention center - a sprawling facility near the airport - did have a law library. Rodriguez said he spent a lot of time there, to sharpen his legal knowledge and prepare for court. "
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