DUBLIN, Ireland -- A funny thing happened to me while passing through Immigration at the Dublin Airport. I was refused "leave to land" which means I don't get to return to my Kilkenny home just yet. Instead, I will comply with an order issued by Detective Garda Michael Walsh, a member of the Garda Immigration Bureau put into place to stem the rise of immigrants to Ireland.
Getting refused leave to land has happened to other Americans before. The Brits refused Captain Beefheart's Magic Band leave to land years ago. At least 10 other hopeful passengers were rebuffed at Irish gates on the 20th of September, when I was punted out of the land where I pay my taxes. I will collect my thoughts for a possible consideration by the Irish Council on Civil Liberties.
This will be an interesting interlude. If my blog goes blank, listen to Technoculture about my saga. The server logs for this Web site shows a steady stream of concerned readers, visiting me in the riparian solitude of warmly received support.
1. "Auld Triangle Going Jingle Jangle" by Karlin Lillington, 23 Sep 02.
2. "Ireland's Racist No Attitude," Topgold Blog, 25 Sep 02.
3. "Get a Work Permit or Go to Jail" by Bernie Goldbach, Irish Examiner, 27 Sep 02.
4. "Source of Most Referrals," Topgold Blog, 2 Oct 02.
"Closing the Door" by Nick Mulcahy, Business Plus, November 2002.
5. "INS in the USA Detains Hundreds" by Maura McHugh in Babblogue, 19 December 2002.
6. Joi Ito ruminates on how some of the current policies to round up and discharge aliens is a throwback to the attitude that surrounded Japanese-Americans in the 1940s. A wide swath of opinion has percolated from the Joi Ito blog and is getting linked and watched in the blogosphere.