Terrorizing the Vulnerable
ELIZABETH, N.J.--Edison, 50, an undocumented man from Uruguay, wraps his knuckles against the basement wall of the row house as if it is a front door.
"Who is it?" a 44-year-old Salvadoran immigrant named Antonio asks in Spanish.
"La migra," Edison says, using the Spanish slang for the Border Patrol and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Is Antonio inside?"
"What do you want?" Antonio asks.
"We want to speak with you," says Edison, who like everyone else in the basement asked me not to use his or her last name. "Open the door."