Sorry, but that’s how Amer­ica works

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

As a former For­eign Ser­vice of­fi­cer who once had to con­sole a de­moted high-level Chi­nese of­fi­cial turned around by the Im­mi­gra­tion and Nat­u­ral­iza­tion Ser­vice (INS) at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port de­spite hav­ing a valid visa used many times for the same pur­pose, I can em­pathize with Mem Fox (“Aus­tralian who writes in­clu­sive kids’ books de­tained at LAX,” Style, Feb. 28). I also op­pose the revved-up ex­ec­u­tive or­ders of this ad­min­is­tra­tion that may em­bolden the de­scen­dants of the INS to be­have badly. But let’s get real. Ms. Fox ap­pears to have been swept up as part of a group, prob­a­bly at ran­dom. She was not de­tained or sent back, but ques­tioned ag­gres­sively like ev­ery­one else “be­cause I was just any­body.” That’s Amer­ica. We don’t as a rule play fa­vorites and not when ev­ery­one can see and hear it. Stephen B. Wick­man, McLean

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