Needed over­sight

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The re­cent de­por­ta­tion of Sa­muel Oliver-Bruno by ICE demon­strates once again that the peo­ple charged with pro­tect­ing our bor­ders are act­ing like thugs. When the law is ap­plied with­out re­gard for ba­sic hu­man de­cency, we as a so­ci­ety must re­assert con­trol over a clearly bro­ken process.

Sep­a­rat­ing par­ents from chil­dren, re­mov­ing a spouse who is car­ing for a gravely ill part­ner, and vi­o­lat­ing the sanc­tu­ary ex­tended by a church com­mu­nity to a mem­ber in need are de­spi­ca­ble acts. Con­gres­sional over­sight must be re­stored. We need full pub­lic dis­clo­sure on how this process is work­ing and how it is af­fect­ing the peo­ple be­ing harmed.

We need to see where bias and racism are af­fect­ing out­comes. We need to see where hu­man rights are be­ing vi­o­lated. We need to see all this to en­sure we pro­vide a sys­tem that lives up to our coun­try’s ideals. Peter van Dorsten Raleigh

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