Imagine you wake up one day and decide to illegally emigrate to another country. No, you’re not welcome in that country, and no, you don’t have any intention of getting in line and waiting your turn. You’re just going to light out for the territories and take your chances.
Well, the predictable happens. You get arrested at the border and, because the country in question is a benevolent one, they put you up in one of their federal detention centers instead of simply giving you a kick in the pants and sending you back where you came from. You still have a chance at getting in! Your asylum claim doesn’t actually meet any legal standard of asylum, but hey, maybe you’ll sneak one by them.
In the meantime, though, you’re going to be living free of charge in their detention facility which, as far as your concerned, isn’t all that great. In fact, it kinda sucks. And looky there, it just so happens that this country you migrated to has a whole network of politicians and activists who think you DO belong there. And you DO deserve all the terrific free healthcare and accommodations that taxpayer money can buy! And so you talk to these people and they say, hey, get a bunch of your buddies from the center together, and we’ll file a big fat lawsuit against the government.
It sounds like the plotline from the most idiotic movie you could imagine, but no, it’s real life in 2019 America.
From the Associated Press:
Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday decrying what they called shoddy medical care and a failure by authorities to provide accommodations for disabilities.
In the suit filed by disability and civil rights advocates in U.S. District Court, immigrants said they’re placed in isolation as punishment and denied recommended medical treatment and surgery. Some said they’ve been denied wheelchairs and a deaf detainee who communicates in American Sign Language said he has not been provided an interpreter.
The problems harm disabled immigrants and threaten anyone in one of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s more than 50,000 detention beds who winds up getting sick or isolated from other detainees, said Monica Porter, staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, one of the organizations that filed the suit.
You know, head on back to Sudan, Jordan, El Salvador, or wherever the hell you came from and see how long it takes the government to provide you a wheelchair or a sign language interpreter. See how much surgery you get from the powers-that-be. And if the answer is: Yes, you can get that stuff there, then we reiterate our invitation: Head on back. Because if your way of ingratiating yourself to Americans is to turn around and sue us for not deporting you instantly…well, maybe that’s the very reason we don’t very much want you in our country.