Welcome to America
No legal protection for non-citizens
Theoretically, there are legal protections for people who visit the US.
But the theory goes out the window if one of the little ICE dictators decides they don't like you. "Rule of Law? What's that? You're a non-citizen on US soil. You don't have no stinking rights." And that's how they play it every day all over the Land of the Free.
The story of the cruise ship full of elderly Brits abused at the hands of ICE in LA was unusual - because it was reported. Apparently elderly people aren't subjected to collective punishment back in the UK. Backward place really. They need to get with the program.
Seriously, how many hundreds of billions - trillions? - of dollars have these federal shit heads cost this country over the last ten years in discouraging travel, discouraging trade, loss of good will. (They were behaving this way long before 9/11 by the way.)
And for what? Greater security?
The country was raped and pillaged in broad daylight by a handful of banks causing exponentially more economic damage than ten real armies could inflict on the US and no one's even been brought to task, let alone indicted.
But by God, if a handful of cranky elderly people object to the way they're treated by the steroid pumped morons brigade, we're going to hold up everyone on the boat with them - all 2,000 - for seven hours and show them who's boss.