On Christmas Eve my friend the Foreign National got ticketed for rolling through a right-on-red.
He did not have his passport with him.
The cop immediately called the local Homeland Security office, who took him into custody and after a few hours decided he was not in the U.S. legally. He thought that if they allowed him to get his visa, at his apartment, it would prove that the U.S. is his legal home.
It didn’t. Homeland Security said they had never seen a visa like his, so they took him back to the holding center and held him for a few more hours before finally agreeing that it had all been a mistake and he was free to go.
Only they had his car towed in the interim. All this on Christmas Eve.
So now my friend is $190 poorer with little recourse but to put up with the harassment of a U.S. agency beholden to no voter, an agency that if he attempted to sue, could (and might) retaliate against him. An agency that puts guilt before innocence and whose paranoia makes those it touches paranoid.
Sometimes I hate what we’ve become.