I am writing about an article entitled, "A Firsthand Account Of A Special Registration Experience" which details the experience of a married couple subject to special registration. I think it would be instructive to expose to the public what kind of abuse some special registration applicants are going through and to open to debate whether in a civil nation we should allow this type of unbridled discretion and abuse by INS officers go unchecked.
I am an immigrant and an immigration attorney myself and, though not so extreme, my first-hand experience of some INS' officers attitude, especially at ports of entry or during interviews, is fairly consistent with the horrific account in the letter. Are we as a nation becoming worse than those we decry? What gives us the moral right to treat fellow human beings like that?
Although the Immigration Officer was right in stating that the person described in the article had overstayed his visa, was the treatment detailed in the letter warranted? Should there be an avenue to address this type of issues? And who decides?
These are only some of the questions that come to mind. I think it is important to make this type of experiences, reminiscent of European Nazi and Fascist special police squads, come to the open and see what we as a society intend to do about it. If the answer is nothing, well, I will be a little less proud to be part of this great country.
Giuseppe (Joe) Scagliarini, Esq.
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