Thursday, May 29, 2008
Our immigrant of the Day is David Ngaruri Kenney of Kenya. Kenney's compelling story is told in Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle For Safety In America by Kenney and Phil Schrag (Georgetown), which is now available.
The book tells the gripping story of political refugee David Ngaruri Kenney's harrowing odyssey through the world of immigration processing in the United States. While living in his native Kenya, Kenney led a boycott to protest his government's treatment of fellow farmers. He was subsequently arrested by the Kenyan government and tortured. This book tells of Kenney's near-murder, imprisonment, and torture in Kenya; his remarkable escape to the United States; and the obstacle course of ordeals and proceedings he faced as U.S. government agencies sought to deport him to Kenya.