the hard lot of immigration detainees, especially those with mental illness

I have learned through a friend who was in immigration detention 9 years, and from others he encouraged me to visit, that the lot of immigration detainees is a hard one, with many hurdles, and with no (or few) helpful resources and people to help them. Many live with great fear and anxiety that they will be sent back to situations in their homeland which will be dangerous; they will be facing the wrath of the authorities, cruel authorities. 

The laws and regulations that govern the cases of the immigration detainees are stacked against them. They are guilty unless they can convince their immigration judges that they are innocent. I attend one of these hearings. The judge actually seemed to take pleasure in sending a young man who confessed Christ as his Lord back to Egypt, where Christians are persecuted. As a country we are certainly not living up to our stated ideal that all men are created equal,.

Here is a New York Times article that illustrates one such situation, a Chinese immigrant suffering from mental illness:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/11/nyregion/11mental.html?_r=3&hp

May God grant that we as a people rethink our approach to immigration detainees, and begin to treat them in a humane way.

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