Before I get started with this post, may I just point out that the Scene this week is remarkably good and interesting? I have half a mind to call and ask if everything’s okay over there, since I cannot remember the last time they put out an issue I felt compelled to read so thoroughly.
This week’s Scene had two interesting stories (not counting the one about naked people).
Story One: “The Tennessee Department of Labor has shut down Ceja Enterprises on Nolensville Road for evading workers’ compensation laws.” P.J. Tobia explains:
She [Ceja] calls herself a notario, a term for which there is no English equivalent. In Central American countries, a notario is a sort of super lawyer empowered to issue judicial opinions, make binding financial judgments and perform legal marriages. But Ceja is not legally allowed to do any of those things. But non-English-speaking immigrants are led to believe otherwise.
Specifically, Ceja was taking money from people to help them with their immigration issues when she was no more qualified to navigate the immigration system than I am. I’m sure you can see the implications of this. You can come to this country, go to a person who has a business that no one has bothered to shut down, that you think is all about helping you remain here legally, pay that person a great deal of money, and find yourself on the wrong end of a deportation, even though you thought you were jumping through the right hoops.
Story Two: If you’re black and there’s a possibility you might be a criminal in another city, Nashville will ship your ass off without even so much as sending your photo ahead to see if you’re really the right guy. In fact, you might get to go to the Memphis jail, which, as you might recall, is known as one of the most fun places to spend a night, what with the spoon-raping and all, and once you’re done in that hellhole, they’re release you onto the streets without so much as a way to call your wife and tell her that you’ve been nabbed by your city and shipped west.
I mention these two things because, as we all know, these same folks who are randomly kidnapping black citizens and sending them off to whatever jail is unfortunate enough to need a black person of similar name and who had to leave it to the Department of Labor to finally shut down an obvious con artist preying on people who are trying to follow the law, are also working with Immigration under a 287 (g) Memorandum of Agreement designed to empower local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration statutes.
Gee, I bet nothing could go wrong with that.
I mean, it’s not like this is Carrollton, Georgia or something.