A Prayer For Those Less Fortunate

28 02 2010

This is a prayer to all of those in the world detained, sequestered, arrested, or otherwise deprived of the basic liberties of life without just cause, valid reasoning, or even rule of law. May Jesus cradle their souls with his loving arms and may the power of the holy spirit protect them from the persecution and suffering that they may be experiencing. May they have the faith of the lord on their side so that he might fill their hearts with the warmth of his everlasting love and keep them from despair. May god bless those that detain, monitor, and decide the fates of these people with the courage, strength, and wisdom to dispense justice in away that fulfills the “just” root portion of the word. May the lord work his will in these people’s lives and fill their souls with the love that he shows to all his people so that they might treat their brothers and sisters of the world with the dignity, respect, and kindness that the good lord would want to see each of his children dealt with.

Amen.

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Mistakes Happen… Be a Man and Admit When You Make One!

28 02 2010

WARNING – serously long rant follows…you’ve been warned…

You know… I really do appreciate and fully understand the hard work and stressful conditions that go along with being a peace officer or a federal agent, but even these folks are human and they do make mistakes. Why is it so damn hard for them to admit it? I’ve hardly ever seen a case where an officer made a judgement call, that in hindsight he/she knew was wrong, come out and say afterward that he/she is sorry or admit culpability in any way. Is it the oversized ego-syndrome that goes with the job? Is it the fact that they would have to then admit that they are not the “god” of good that they thought they were? I’m just curious…because it just seems like just once…I’d like to see an officer/agent come out and say, “I screwed up and I want to help set things right” instead of covering their arses along with all of their buddies.

My Sister-in-law is sitting in a ICE detention center in Raymondville hundreds of miles away from her home because of a situation just like this. Granted, thanks to our illustrious and extremely wise Patriot Act…the US Border Patrol has pretty much unlimited police powers in the arena of travel and immigration documentation…but sometimes just because you “can” doesn’t mean you “should”…

My sister-in-law originally travelled here from Colombia on a tourist visa to visit my wife and our family in Texas. While visiting we talked and she decided that she would like to stay and attend school here in Texas, so my wife and I helped her get a Student Visa so that she could attend one of the local colleges where we lived while she stayed with us. During the time she was attending school…she met a man who she fell in love with and they decided to marry. Of course, after marriage they began the process of getting her status changed due to her marriage to a US citizen. She was and is still attending school during this time mind you… Unfortunately, and if you’ve ever tried to go through this process…you know how onerous it can be, they failed to include some key information in the application so it was denied. Well…they immediately hired an immigration attorney to help them get it back on track. And it has been in process since then.

Well…my family and I have recently moved to the Dallas area so my sister-in-law decided to fly up here and help us celebrate my son’s 6th birthday. She was supposed to arrive here in Dallas on Thursday evening, but something terrible happened. The gate that she was departing from had two flights leaving out of it. My sister in law, not paying close attention, saw many people lining up to board and assumed that it was her plane that was departing, so she got in line to board as well. Well…the flight attendants scanned her tickets and allowed her to board…A PLANE TO CORPUS CHRISTI! Well…needless to say, when she arrived after what felt curiously like an extra long flight to Dallas, my sister-in-law attempted to find her bag. Of course the baggage attended stated, “Miss, I’m sure your bag is in Dallas where you ticket shows your arrival, but we’re in Corpus Christi.” Of course my young sister-in-law is distraught and scared. Of course SWA realizes that the mistake was theirs and puts her up in a hotel room for the night and promises to put her on the first flight to Dallas in the morning. Well…my sister-in-law’s cell phone died during this overnight stay and she didn’t have her charger that was in her checked in luggage in Dallas, so she couldn’t even call anyone.

The next morning she get’s picked up by the taxi contracted by SWA and taken to the airport. Well…for some reason…even though it is a domestic flight…US Border Patrol has extra scrutiny in Corpus Christi for anyone that reports that they are non-citizens….which of course includes my sister-in-law. Long story short…they detain her. I could go into long detail about why they said they detained her and yada yada yada, but the fact is that they screwed up and she actually had all of the paperwork on her that proved that she was here legally…they just didn’t care. Our system is not setup to help people…only to screw them and get as many out of the country as possible. So after a full 24-36 hours of playing kidnapper moving my sister-in-law from safe house to safe house (we don’t really know all of the places they took here…only that they moved her 5 times during this period)…we finally learn that she has been transferred to ICE custody and is in a transfer facility in Harlingen. Of course by this time my wife, my family and I have driven all the way down to South Texas to help as much as we can…but since it’s a weekend..even though they know she’s legal…she has to remain detained until a US Magistrate can review her case….or at least that’s the drivel they’re shoving us now. Who knows if they are telling the truth or not…it’s not like they haven’t lied to us on multiple occasions already anyway…

So long story short…my sister in law has been without sleep (no bed or bedding) for over 48 hours now. She’s being treated like common criminal scum (which is what they treat all of the undocumented like by the way), she’s a basket-case, her husband is going insane and my blood boils a little more each passing second. All because one US Border Patrol agent and his ego wouldn’t let a mistake get corrected quickly. Thanks a lot officer and agents. Real fine job there. (Oh…am I generalizing? You say all officers/agents aren’t this way? Hmmm…maybe all of your detainees and suspects aren’t always crooks and criminal either… Generalization suxxors huh?)

Hope your life for you and your loved is doing better than mine right now. May god bless us all…