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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Netflix's Immigration Nation is the rare look at the administration that the White House is actually right to be terrified of. The six-part documentary series, out Monday, began back in 2017 with the cooperation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); the idea was for filmmakers Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz to document the way the agency evolved under President Trump. Three years on, the administration has since attempted to censor the documentary, or at least block its release until after the November election.

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Immigration Nation is a bombshell that actually lands, not just because it contains more than idle gossip, but because it devastatingly undermines Trump's tough-on-immigration message by showing the inhumanity and unconscionable cruelty of his agency's tactics.

Part of what makes Immigration Nation so eye-popping is, quite simply, the stupidity " or perhaps arrogance " with which the ICE agents speak and act in front of rolling cameras. It is sickening to watch agents gleefully celebrate breaking apart families with their arrests, or mocking their detainees as the fathers, mothers, children, and grandparents sob in holding pens. Other footage is even more incriminating: agents lie to immigrants in order to gain entry into their homes and arrest them, and at one point, an officer even illegally picks a lock with a knife to enter a building during a raid. Bryan Cox, an ICE spokesman, ghoulishly discusses ramping up ICE arrests as retaliation against a county that votes out a sheriff who was more friendly to the agency, and admits to inflating the number of criminal arrests.

Many of the interviewed agents complain about being compared to Nazis, but turn around and justify their actions by saying "I'm just doing my job." One of the most alarming moments comes when the filmmakers are riding along with an agent who has previously expressed his uneasiness about arresting collaterals; the agent's boss calls him and on speaker phone, knowing full well cameras are present, insists "I don't care what you do, but bring at least two people in."

I'm really not in the frame of mind to watch this right now. As I currently feel, I don't know if I'll watch it later. Reading these words is painful enough on its own.

It is simply abominable how far this nation has fallen in less than three years, and that in no way means that multitudes of problems didn't exist prior to Trump's inauguration. But this is simply inhumane and wholly evil on a scale we've not seen since slave days, minus summary execution and ritual beatings and torture.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-03 10:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Immigration Nation shows a government that is unapologetically cruel"

Again, and I can't stress this enough:
Unapologetically cruel is exactly what Deplorables want America to be.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-03 11:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I am a Netflix subscriber and I will be watching this series. When did America reject the poem on our Statue of Liberty? I am ashamed of America under Trump, he is a monster and his supporters are stupid lemmings running towards the cliff.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2020-08-04 09:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I am a Netflix subscriber and I will be watching this series. "

Be prepared to get very angry sad depressed furious and all kinds of crazy emotions at what has been done in your name.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-04 09:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I remember when Republicans were against jack-booted thugs kicking down your door in the middle of the night.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-08-04 11:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

It is simply abominable how far this nation has fallen in less than three years

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at

Trump and his supporters were always fallen; always part of the damned. As Biden himself says, as much as fifteen percent of the population aren't good people. Recent events prove that he under-estimated by half.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-04 11:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I remember when Republicans were against jack-booted thugs kicking down your door in the middle of the night.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist

Most of them were never really serious about that. All that was required to reveal that was give them power. Take away their power and they'll pretend to be Americans again. Pretend until next time.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-04 11:31 AM | Reply

Back in the days when Americans got their news from Walter Cronkite we were mostly on the same page, then along came Rupert Murdoch who ruined politics in three nations. Today, one third of our popultion doesn't know what is true and what isn't because they only listen to Fox News. I don't care if it comes through cable or over the air waves the news should be the truth and when opinions are expressed on news channels contrasting opinions should be required to be broadcasted

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-08-04 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

When did America reject the poem on our Statue of Liberty?
#3 | Posted by danni

When it elected Trump.

#9 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-08-04 12:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

More garbage from Obama.

#10 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-08-04 03:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

I remember when Republicans were against jack-booted thugs kicking down your door in the middle of the night.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-08-04 11:27 AM | Reply | Flag:
| Newsworthy 2

Actually they were against jack-booted thugs kicking down their own doors and the doors of people who think, act, and look like them. As for the rest of us, the more authoritarian the better. All you have to do is look at how Drumpf's popularity bounced from -9 to +4 in Rasmussen in the two weeks since he sent his little green men to Portland to put down protests.

#11 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-08-04 03:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I remember when Republicans were against jack-booted thugs kicking down your door in the middle of the night.

#5 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST

No.

They were against jack-booted thugs kicking in THEIR doors.

They never gave a ---- about anyone else's doors.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-08-04 05:02 PM | Reply

More garbage from Obama.
#10 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

That Trump could have stopped.

Yet, here is what we are relegated to, experiencing another post from VISITOR_ deflecting accountability away from Trump and back onto the already, clearly criminal, B. Hussein Obama.

For all the evil deeds B. Hussein got away with, Trump really seems to be having difficulty reversing the most evil, wouldn't you think? Or, would it be more likely that Trump really enjoys the most evil of B. Hussein's deeds? Insisting the worst of them be kept in place, because, you know, even a broken clock is right twice a day, right VISITOR_?

#13 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-08-04 05:16 PM | Reply

#10

Reading is fundamental. This film project had nothing to do with Obama and everything to do with Trump.

...the idea was for filmmakers Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz to document the way the agency evolved under President Trump.
Unless Obama now spells his name T-r-u-m-p, take your deflection and GTFOH.

This is Trump's tar baby not anyone else's.

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-04 07:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

VISITOR_ deflecting accountability away from Trump and back onto the already, clearly criminal, B. Hussein Obama.

But wait. Didn't Obama have the same Article II right to "do whatever he wants" that Trump (and Barr) claims to have? "When the President does it, it's not illegal".

#15 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-08-05 09:20 AM | Reply

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