The Docket



My examination of U.S. immigration detention included court monitoring at the Cleveland immigration court and observing deportation proceedings for a report put together by a migrant legal defense organization. Witnessing the ways in which bureaucracy is weaponized and used to gratuitously punish and entrap people in an impossible labyrinthine system with no likely exit but deportation led to my writing this personal essay. This is a performance of the essay I delivered for the 2020 Tint Journal Literary Festival, Tinted Tales. You can read the essay here.