September 11, 2001 is a day that will be remembered in American history. It was a day of horrific tragedy, and it changed America forever. Edwidge Danticat’s essay, “Not Your Homeland,” depicts the harsh conditions Haitian refugees faced when seeking asylum in post-9/11 America. As Danticat explains, American citizens were not the only ones to be affected by September 11th. In his essay, Danticat describes the conditions of holding prisons that Haitian refugees were forced to stay in. With limited space and no chance to go out into the sunshine, these refugees were confined with no freedom. From Danticat’s essay, it seems as though many of these people were eventually deported and sent back to Haiti, the place where they had fled. Danticat ends his essay with a personal example of his own uncle who fled death in Haiti only to come to death in America.
I found this essay interesting because I had not been aware anything like this was going on in America. While I am thankful that the government protects American citizens, I do not think that imprisoning refugees is the way to do it. One way to change this would be to build nicer housing facilities for refugees. People like Danticat’s uncle did what they could to survive. I understand that America cannot just let anyone in, but I think the government’s actions after 9/11 concerning these refugees were too harsh.