First they came for the communists, but I was not a communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the socialists and the trade unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.
—MARTIN NIEMÖLLER (1892—1984), PROTESTANT PASTOR IN NAZI GERMANY
T H E Y O U N G M A N S A T off to the side of the communal toilet and kept his distance from the other inmates at the immigration detention center in Denver. He looked out of place. Confused. Scared.
In short, he looked like a lot of foreign-born people in the United States caught in the crossfire of the new war on immigrants.
The young man's name is Yashar Zendehdel. The Iranian-born student was a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the spring of 2002, he decided to change his major from computer science to economics. His academic adviser suggested that he drop a tough course in computer science, temporarily reducing his course