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Cuban Detainees (1987)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Oakdale, Allen Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-04-10

Duration: 00:10:03

Subjects: Immigration | Prisons | Crime | Cubans


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Roedts, Lynda Reporter
  • Mora-Cespedes, Ramon Interviewee
  • Johnson, J.R. Interviewee
  • Johnston, David Interviewee
  • Roque de Escobar, Manuel Interviewee
  • Caggins, Elliott Interviewee


This segment from the April 10, 1987, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Lynda Roedts’ report on the more than 900 Cuban detainees at the Oakdale Detention Center in Allen Parish. Roedts reports that the detainees entered the United States illegally, committed crimes, served their sentences, and are not allowed back in Cuba. She interviews: Ramon Cespedes-Mora, detainee; J.R. Johnson, warden; David Johnston, Immigration and Naturalization Services; Manuel Roque de Escobar, detainee; and Elliott Caggins, education supervisor. Host: Rob Hinton