Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Being Deported's Not the Worst of It

Amidst all this Paris Hilton nonsense, it's nice to be reminded here and there of what journalism's really supposed to be about. Today in the NYT, Nina Bernstein's piece on the 62 individuals who have died in custody since 2004 (after being detained on alleged immigration violations) is a perfect example of what kind of horrors we're ignoring while we bury ourselves in US Weekly.

Interestingly, I'd just been thinking about this issue of how immigrants are treated in detention because of Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love." In it, she describes how an Indonesian friend of hers was basically "disappeared" from the US after 9/11 in a manner that closely echoes what is outlined in Bernstein's article today. Hell of a world we live in, huh?

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