Am I my brother’s keeper? Who is my neighbor?

Guillermo Gomez-Sanchez, a man with mental disabilities, spent two years in immigration detention over a dispute concerning a bag of tomatoes. The following You Tube video tells the story of the abuse and neglect of this man:

Immigration detention is in the hands of private enterprise. The longer a person is in detention, the more the company profits. It’s a big money-maker, a great investment, at least in the eyes of those who bow down before the golden idol.

I visit detainees in a local prison. And I can tell you that justice works very, very slowly for immigration detainees, if at all. Months stretch into years. The truth is, I have seen a lot of outrageous outcomes for the detainees, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox, whom I have visited.

Even though our Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal, our national policies in regard to detainees are declaring the very opposite of this.

Things I have seen or discovered:

Haitian detainees are deported to Haitian prisons where no medicine is given, and food is withheld for bribes. Not our problem? Are we are brother’s keeper?

Cain asks, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Paperwork snafus result in a year or more in detention, with wives and children suddenly called to fend for themselves. Not my neighbor? Not my problem? 

That was the lawyer’s question. (“Who is my neighbor?” from the story of the good Samaritan): 

A man tortured in an Egyptian prison seeks asylum under the Conventions Against Torture. Our government fights tooth and nail to send him back. Thank God, the Court of Appeals ruled in his favor.

There is never any hurry to expedite their releases, even when they win their cases. Judges rule in their favor, and the government appeals. And so many months go by, and their families suffer. Not our problem? Are we are brother’s keeper? Are we neighbors to such as Guillermo? 

Yes, we are. See

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