Posted by: nieophyte | August 15, 2008

When I just want to drop kick people’s faces

Bureaucracy. American for bullshit. Please read below, from The New York Times:

Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands

He was 17 when he came to New York from Hong Kong in 1992 with his parents and younger sister, eyeing the skyline like any newcomer. Fifteen years later, Hiu Lui Ng was a New Yorker: a computer engineer with a job in the Empire State Building, a house in Queens, a wife who is a United States citizen and two American-born sons.

But when Mr. Ng, who had overstayed a visa years earlier, went to immigration headquarters in Manhattan last summer for his final interview for a green card, he was swept into immigration detention and shuttled through jails and detention centers in three New England states.

In April, Mr. Ng began complaining of excruciating back pain. By mid-July, he could no longer walk or stand. And last Wednesday, two days after his 34th birthday, he died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Rhode Island hospital, his spine fractured and his body riddled with cancer that had gone undiagnosed and untreated for months.

Read the rest here

The so-called immigration “isssue” can never be discussed or decided upon in a generalized way. Every single immigrant who comes here has a story that is worth being heard because, by God, these people are PEOPLE. I was so hopping mad by the end of this article I wanted to punch something really really hard! (which would probably be a very comical display considering the fleshiest part of my bicep is probably not even 7 inches in diameter) But beyond being angry at “the system”, would you, dear reader, permit me to be angry with God?

When I think about Hiu Lui Ng lying in his cell, begging for help, in crippling pain until he finally let out his final breath–the injustice of it infuriates the hell out of me! Where is his justice? Where is his mercy?



  1. Good questions. I stumbled on your blog and I so appreciate your gut level honesty on this and amerianity. I know you’re not looking for an answer but i think we’ll just have to wait…….

  2. This… is… ridiculous…

    The idea of America being a Christian nation should be an insult to Christianity itself with a government that allows this kind of negligence.

    Wow, we’re on a roll here.


  4. this is anti-american, but not only because america is supposedly a “Christian” nation (this hasn’t been true for over a century). i also add this question: is all humankind created equal? are we endowed with inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

    because we revoke the liberties and the opportunities to pursue happiness without a blink of an eye. and here, we see a devastating next level: the bitter crushing of the inalienable right to life itself.

    i’ve seen some of the immigrants who are held in “detention” (yes, county jails and prisons) for incredibly long periods of time, through some of my pro bono asylum work. i have not seen anything as egregious as this, but from what i have seen, it is absolutely possible.

    i do sympathize with the difficulty of the immigration officers to do their jobs. i don’t think that the answer is lowering the gates for anyone to come in. there are too many interests to balance to “figure out a solution” to this one, from a policy reform angle or otherwise.

    this leads us to our mission impossible, as christians and people of moral conscience:

    you can’t teach compassion. but we have to.

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