This is appalling. The thing is, this could have happened to me!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/13/ny...7e36f1&ei=5124

In federal court affidavits, Mr. Ng’s lawyers contend that when he complained of severe pain that did not respond to analgesics, and grew too weak to walk or even stand to call his family from a detention pay phone, officials accused him of faking his condition. They denied him a wheelchair and refused pleas for an independent medical evaluation.

Instead, the affidavits say, guards at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I., dragged him from his bed on July 30, carried him in shackles to a car, bruising his arms and legs, and drove him two hours to a federal lockup in Hartford, where an immigration officer pressured him to withdraw all pending appeals of his case and accept deportation.
He was not some terrorist, just a computer engineer living his life in New York City. He was trying to get a green card -- just trying to stay out of trouble and become part of America. What gives?

From my experience, I do know the INS likes to have their power trip. It's not a hearsay -- I've seen them in action. This makes me ashamed of our government. It appalls me. How can we demand human rights and condemn other countries like China when we treat people like this within our own borders?

In 2001, a notice ordering him to appear in immigration court was mistakenly sent to a nonexistent address, records show.
And these things happen all the time, but it's never "the INS's fault" -- it's always the applicants'. My parents petition was totally lost for a year and it wasn't until we inquired about the status that they admitted that the whole file was lost, and that we had to start all over again. But it was never "their fault."

It's incredible. It seems like since the INS becomes part of Homeland Security, it's getting worse and worse. They're making it difficult for legal immigrants and people who try to abide by the laws, and yet they are incompetent in dealing with illegals and would-be terrorists. The INS truly is a disgrace to this country and I can go on and on and on about this.

This makes me so mad that I'm thinking of starting a petition. Something has to be done about the way the INS and Homeland Security run things. We can't close our eyes to human rights abuse and violations here anymore -- to do so would make us all hypocrites. How can we call ourselves the best country in the free world when we do something like this?