Here’s a word to the wise, don’t ever get arrested in Arizona’s Maricopa County. The jail there (which houses hundreds of undocumented immigrants) is said to be one of roughest in the country, particularly because of its cruel living conditions. And now international singer Manu Chao has decided to speak up about it, with a new video for his song, “Clandestino.”
Chao actually shot the footage in front of Maricopa County Jail and made a point to illustrate its intense weather conditions. Obviously being in Arizona, the summers can be brutal, especially without proper air conditioning. And the winters are not easy either, with reports of sub-freezing temperatures in the cells.
Manu got the idea for the video after a visit with reps from the National Day Laborer Network, who emphasized the prison’s heavy immigrant population. “Clandestino’s” video director, Alex Rivera, clarified the message to the press.
“The particulars were the result of the work of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network,” Rivera said. “[They] met after a concert with Chao in California a year ago to talk with him about the situation being experienced by immigrants in Arizona.”
You can see the video in its entirety by visiting Chao’s official site.
By Michael Lopez