May 17, 2022

San Diego State University Librarian Has Collected More than 1,700 Letters From Detained Migrants

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

Decades from now, when historians try to make sense of how the U.S. government treated detained migrants, they will be able to hear directly from the men and women in federal immigration detention centers.

At least that’s the hope of Lisa Lamont, head librarian at San Diego State University who oversees a collection of more than 1,700 letters written by migrants in detention centers.

“In 20, 30 or 40 years or even longer down the road, when researchers are researching this time in U.S. history, I think these letter are going to be invaluable,” she said.


Researchers at SDSU work with the nonprofit Detainee Allies to receive and catalog the letters.

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