ICE Detainee Commits Suicide, and a Not-So Modest Proposal (w/Update)
Please see update below.
I have very little to go on with the press release below from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement concerning the "apparent suicide" at the Eloy Detention Center by a 24 year-old Guatemalan woman named Elsa Guadalupe-Gonzales.
Getting info out of the feds is like pulling wisdom teeth with a pair of pliers. Sometimes that's because of confidentiality rules. Sometimes it's because, hey, it's the federal government, which can pretty much do whatever the hell it wants.
I received the info from ICE late in the day. Hopefully, I can get more information tomorrow.
Many of you will not be sympathetic. She broke the law, she deserved her fate. That is what many will think, albeit in the abstract.
A lack of empathy is a failure of imagination, a failure to see that there but for the grace of God or just dumb luck goes you or someone you care about.
Watch This clip from The Undocumented spotlights the work of Derechos Humanos on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.
I also find it ironic that so many people who believe themselves to be Christians are so uncharitable in their views of the undocumented. They claim to believe in eternal life, in good and evil, and forgiveness. Their actions and their contempt for others tell another story.
PBS aired a brilliant documentary Monday night, called simply The Undocumented, which explores the trials of those trying to make it through the Arizona desert, in hopes of work or just being reunited with family.
The immigration bill backed by the Gang of Eight calls for the further militarization of the border, and the expansion of Operation Streamline, which hits migrants with federal criminal charges after they are captured by the U.S. Border Patrol.
But the lesson of U.S. immigration policy is that by making it more difficult to come to the U.S., you make it more deadly, as migrants find more remote and rugged areas to cross.