What is most interesting in this article is the clear description of how quality legal representation makes such a difference in immigration cases. Unfortunately, most people in the system get little or none, or they pay many thousands of dollars to lawyers and get deported anyway because the cases are so difficult.
Also of interest is the description of detention conditions–the cold holding tanks, loud music, harassment by guards… techniques designed to make the detainees give up. -Molly
As the immigration debate gets even more politicized, one church on the Arizona border is quietly taking up a long-held tradition of offering safe haven for families facing deportation.
Daniel Neyoy Ruiz doesn’t sleep much. He lies awake on the bunk bed he shares with his wife and 13-year-old son, wondering what he will do if he’s forced to leave them. Every police siren sends his stomach into knots: Is this it? Are they coming for me?…