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Friday, October 30, 2009

Doggy Bag: Did Our Coverage of the Amuse Bouche Vendor Insult Other Immigrants?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

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Not Amuse'd: Mission Mission's Kevin Montgomery goes all righteous over coverage of the detention and likely deportation of Amuse Bouche vendor Murat Celebi-Ariner. We'll quote Montgomery in full:

Look, our immigration laws are complete bullshit, but the reality of Murat's (the The Amuse-Bouche Guy) situation is just absurd. This guy is married to a U.S. citizen, could have easily stayed here legally, but instead just let his visa expire while he chilled out selling muffins. His plight is a fucking insult to everyone that has to fight to be here illegally, who have to endure watching their loved ones get deported back countries with oppressive regimes in power while they work for slave wages because of their government-mandated undocumented status, all the while having absolutely no chance to be here legally. Murat had the golden ticket and opted to not cash it in. Let's have a conversation about the people with real problems.

This is what Mission Mission reader Ian wrote in response:
While you make some valid points about what Murat could have done differently, having looked through the links you provide I don't see anyone "losing their shit" over anything. You've offered editorial that one guy's concerns aren't worth your time and seem upset at people for offering compassion to someone they know and have appreciated, essentially calling this guy being separated from his wife "not a real problem." Meanwhile, a brief scan of your posting history shows no content for the thousands of deported latinos you've suddenly taken up arms for. How about I Get Sick with that?

What do the rest of you think? Is it wrong to report the story of one guy's immigration troubles? A guy who, though he's from France, is part of the Turkish minority there -- the equivalent, say, of a guy from Central America in the U.S. Holler.

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