Why are Juanes and John Legend touring prisons and immigration detention centers?
- January 27, 2016
This week I managed to go inside Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, the second largest in the country with a population of 1500 undocumented immigrants. A place where journalists like me don’t usually get access.
I went in with two huge artists: Latin superstar Juanes and R&B singer John Legend. The obvious question was, what are these two celebrities doing inside a detention center in the middle of nowhere in Arizona?
It turns out John Legend has traveled to jails across the country with his initiative #FREEAMERICA to denounce our prison system. He told me the treatment given to immigrant detainees is directly linked to the business behind mass incarceration. Legend invited Juanes who told me that because he’s an immigrant he feels very much connected to the cause.