Lock up your poor, your tired, your huddled masses...
There is very little news today, but there was one story stuck out like a sore thumb from the front page of my New York Times (which I am only just now getting to read at 4:30 thanks to a slew of small tasks that had to get completed).
An immigrant, here since 1992 when he came here at the age of 17, died in detention with DHS. Riddled with untreated cancer and a broken back, it completely boggles my mind that the immigration system in this country has broken itself to this point.
My great grandparents were German immigrants. Its not that far removed for a lot of us. Really, our country's history is a short one, spanning just a hair over two hundred years. We seem to forget this simple fact when we enter into the immigration debate. This could have been my great grandparents, had they come over today instead of almost 100 years ago.
Hiu Lui Ng was a computer engineer, a father to two citizen children, and a husband to a citizen wife. He overstayed his visa. He died for that reason.
Anyone else see a problem?