nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,
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Wrong Georgia, I guess

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/25392.html
Thomas Warziniack was born in Minnesota and grew up in Georgia, but immigration authorities pronounced him an illegal immigrant from Russia.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has held Warziniack for weeks in an Arizona detention facility with the aim of deporting him to a country he's never seen. His jailers shrugged off Warziniack's claims that he was an American citizen, even though they could have retrieved his Minnesota birth certificate in minutes and even though a Colorado court had concluded that he was a U.S. citizen a year before it shipped him to Arizona.

or, why I use civil liberties as a political litmus test. And I need to come up with a handy convincing argument for why the US government should include everyone as having basic rights, not just citizens.

"First they came for the foreigners, and then they came for the citizens because they couldn't be bothered to tell the difference."

If I ran the world, anyone who's capable of saying "We don't make mistakes" and meaning it would be disqualified from any position of trust. Permanently.

Ok, the subject line is a little off, but it was just too tempting.

Link thanks to theweaselking.
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