Does it get any more Kafkaesque than this? These people were waved onto military transports and now sit in detention centers with no hope of release. The New York Times misses the main significance of this story: These people have been thrust into limbo for profit—the profit of the privately run detention centers working under contract for the federal government, which produces the fiat dollars that are defended the world over at the point of a gun.
The U.S. used to have legitimate, useful manufacturing industries. Its primary industries today are warfare, surveillance, and imprisonment.
More than two months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, at least 30 survivors who were waved onto planes by Marines in the chaotic aftermath are prisoners of the United States immigration system, locked up since their arrival in detention centers in Florida.
In Haiti, some were pulled from the rubble, their legal advocates say. Some lost parents, siblings or children. Many were seeking food, safety or medical care at the Port-au-Prince airport when terrifying aftershocks prompted hasty evacuations by military transports, with no time for immigration processing. None have criminal histories.
But when they landed in the United States without visas, they were taken into custody by immigration authorities and held for deportation, even though deportations to Haiti have been suspended indefinitely since the earthquake.
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