Immigration Nation: Want that one documentary that truly records the truth about the ongoing immigration crisis in the United States of America? Go watch the Immigration Nation now. It just got released. The six-hour-long Netflix series portrays a harsh picture of the fallen American Dream.
Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy has been such an unacceptable breach of human rights that any other view of the facts presented by Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwartz, the directors of the show, is impossible to claim and prove. Parts of it may start to drag, but it really does address the elephant in the room- one of America’s most divisive issues to get rid of innocent migrants. Their alleged crime? Crossing the border without a plane ticket and a visa. Their punishment? Criminal prosecution and separation from their children, destroying lives forever. As the scenes unfold one after another on the little screens of laptops, we get to see how families were broken apart in the matter of a few minutes, how the spectators were harmed and how the officials celebrated the parts played by them in this inhumane devastation. Immigration to the United States is a story spread across thousands of miles and a variety of faceless government agencies- often desperate petitioners- and Immigration Nation tries to record as many of its facets as it can. As one spends those hours watching the horrors unfold before one’s eyes, one may recall sharper and more detailed reports on the same stories, provided by shows like the Frontline, Vice, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
The makers of Immigration Nation, Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz filmed for almost three long years — and with a startling degree of access, particularly to agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as they rounded up immigrants, processed most of them for deportation, and spoke to the camera about how it made them feel. One of them can be seen and heard saying, “As harsh as it may sound, the government did not hire me for my moral views.” (sic.) By presenting all the facts, the makers now seem to leave the ball in the viewers’ courts. How will they react to the torture many people are being subjected to, under Trump’s rule? Only time will tell.