Or things could have really turned out badly for this guy.
It’s not a novel observation (Thomas Friedman makes it monthly), but one of the worst consequences of our government’s response to 9/11 has been its hostility to friendly foreign visitors, to say nothing of a general increase in authoritarian arrogance. Treatment of would-be tourists or foreign students is not an issue that could ever get political traction, but when I think about the “right track/wrong track” question, it’s stories like this, just as much as any of the large issues of the day, that make me pessimistic about our current direction.
Want more? Here’s a link to an ongoing series in the Washington Post called Careless Detention, which looks at the lack of medical care for immigration detainees.