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  •  So now we're over the "they came here for (8+ / 0-)

    the really high-paying jobs" tangent--thanks, mm--I'll tell about a real family in Orange County and what it took to get their 18-year-old out of Otay Mesa and then Florence (BIS/ICE detention centers).

    They lived in Fountain Valley and were in-laws of my friend (ironically, a Latina of Mexican ancestry).  Late of Palestine--about 15 years.  Son was 18 and the FBI slammed into the home demanding to see him.  His name was on  a list of terrorists, they told his terrified mother.  He had a fairly common Arabic name, but the names on the list (3 with same names) were at least 10 years older and none from Palestine--Yemen and Syria, all.

    No matter.  Dragged the kid (just short of high school graduation with ambitions to be in law enforcement) out of his bedroom.

    It took six months (some of them enduring really abusive treatment in the Orange County JAIL) for the BIS/ICE to be convinced that the kid was who he said he was.  It took myriad forms of identification, papers, and letters from everyone who knew him (teachers, neighbors, friends' parents, etc etc) to prove that he was who he was--NOT the other way around.

    He was in because he was in.  It was up to the family and ultimately a widespread community of activists to create the documentation to prove that he wasn't someone else; and they had no idea who those someone elses were.

    Catch-22/Brazil/Orwell, and worse.  The young man (now about 22) did not leave his home for almost a year after getting there.  He's so not the kid with optimism and goals he used to be, and if he ever can get over this he'll not be in law enforcement.

    She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.

    by Boadicaea on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 08:31:08 PM PST

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    •  Another example of how broken this system is (3+ / 0-)
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      It's heartbreaking. I have links and links to stories like this, it happens every day and most of the stories never see the light of day. We really need to fix the immigration system, for example why do legal immigrants wait for years before they can bring in their wives or husbands?

      It's sick and mean.

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