This 70yo woman is a national treasure of Australia. No wonder she never wants to return to the USA. As a child I devoured her books which include classics such as Possum Magic and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, and I intend for my children to do the same.
Surely, you can detain people and ask them questions without being rude, insulting and disdainful?
ABC: "70yo Australian author Mem Fox has received a written apology from the United States after what she said was a traumatic detention by immigration officials at Los Angeles Airport. Fox, who was questioned by Customs and Border Protection officers for two hours earlier this month as she was on her way to Milwaukee to address a conference, said she collapsed and sobbed at her hotel after she was released.
She said the border agents appeared to have been given “turbocharged power” to “humiliate and insult” a room full of people they detained to check visas.
“I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness,” Fox said."
“I’d hate not to go back to the states because it’s been so good to me and Americans in general are not [like] the border police at LA airport.”
She said the treatment of others in the airport holding room, including Iranians, Taiwanese and a Scandinavian parent with a small child, was just as poor, and all appeared to eventually have been released.
"I thought: ‘How can human beings treat other vulnerable human beings in this fashion, in public, in full view of everybody?’