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much progressives and conservatives alike traffick in respectability narratives, everyone imprisoned by ICE deserves the American promise of due process. No one deserves the violence of the immigration enforcement complex. On a recent failed attempt to deport 92 people to Somalia, ICE left the detainees shackled in a plane on a Senegal tarmac for over 24 hours without adequate food and without use of a bathroom. Eventually, the plane returned to the US and all detainees are still in ICE custody. Many of them reported being beaten by ICE officers while in shackles, and a judge in Florida indefinitely stayed their deportation while these human rights abuses could be investigated. They are still in custody, with the very people who abused them, while they wait for the bumbling, capricious legal system to lurch forward...or sideways or backwards. Friends and family noted that the detainees had received numerous threats against their life, leading ICE to cancel their attempt for their own safety. ICE claims they couldn’t carry out the deportation due to fuel and staff shortages. However, once in Senegal, they chose to fly all the way back to the US (4,366 miles) instead of to Djibouti as planned (3,830 miles). I usually don’t promote unsubstantiated claims, but something doesn’t add up in ICE’s official narrative. ICE’s operations aren’t cheap either—billions annually, with human costs still more untold. ICE flies detainees across the country from one holding facility to another for no clear reason, but with the impact of destroying their ability to

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

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