This story will lead you to despair. Read the whole thing. It is the harrowing tale of a young woman from Iceland, one of the most friendly and laid back countries in the world, who came with some friends for a pre-Christmas shopping trip to New York. It turned out that she had overstayed a visa by 3 weeks in 1995. For her crime, she was arrested, shackled, verbally abused, jailed, denied the use of her phone, subject to degrading personal questions, denied the chance to sleep, and kept without food and water for 14 hours. Before being deported, she was frog-marched through the airport in handcuff and leg-chains, which were not released until she was on the Icelandair flight. She described her tormentors aptly as “small kings with megalomania”. Welcome to the new America.
(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan.)