[Ed. – Odious comparison]
The apartment’s beige walls are bare except for a cross in the dining room and one near the bedroom. No pictures of the inhabitants are anywhere. The simple furniture is sparse and relatively new.
The mother and her two daughters who live here could disappear in minutes if needed.
They’re on the run from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
This apartment, empty of the family collections and clutter of a normal home, is their refuge. It is a safe house, though the unusual grouping that brought it together — a Catholic Latino family, a Jewish woman and a Baptist minister — know they could actually be raising their risk of getting in trouble with the government.
Sitting on a dining chair in the apartment, seemingly serene, is the woman who made this happen. She wears a gold Star of David pendant and earrings inscribed in Hebrew. One reads, “I am nothing but ashes.” The other says, “The whole world was made for me.”