U.S. locks up asylum-seeking Mexican journo
Border journalist Charles Bowden has a gripping story in Mother Jones about a small town reporter who is forced to flee Mexico and seek asylum in the U.S. because his coverage offends the soldiers who are occupying his town as part of the president's war on the drug cartels.
The military is the biggest cartel in town, which is partly why the local general is so touchy about media coverage.
When the reporter, Emilio, arrives at the border with all his documents in order and his 15-year-old son in tow, he is immediately incarcerated in a private immigration prison:
Emilio eventually gets out, thanks to a crusading attorney, but only after an unnecessary ordeal.
Think how much it cost taxpayers to incarcerate this fully documented, law-abiding asylum-seeker and his young son.
Read "We Bring Fear".