An Important Netflix Documentary in August – by Dave Plummer

24 Jul 2020 5:04 PM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)


Netflix has put together quite a damning exposé on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please see and read, "Trump administration tries to block release of a documentary that shows ICE agents illegally breaking into homes, eager to arrest immigrants without criminal records," by CharlesReed, Business Insider, July 24, 2020. (Remarkably, a business publication has covered this story!)

Apparently, the documentary has struck a nerve for some. “As the documentary neared completion in recent months, the [Trump] administration fought mightily to keep it from being released until after the 2020 election. After granting rare access to parts of the country’s powerful immigration enforcement machinery that are usually invisible to the public, administration officials threatened legal action. They sought to block parts of it from seeing the light of day,” (The New York Times, July 23, 2020). Fortunately for Netflix and the public, the courts have ruled in favor of Netflix, and the series will be shown in its entirety, beginning next month (Aug. 3). It is a six-part series.

Under Ruth Zollinger’s and my co-presidency, ICE and their reported egregious actions were real concerns. In December 2018, the Executive Chapter published a public statement in response to the abuse of immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.

I urge all of the Pastoral Report readers, especially all chaplains and pastoral psychotherapists, to watch it in its entirety. I have not yet watched this series, but I suspect that it will be very thought-provoking. Some of the themes it raises might be worthy of discussions within the chapters of CPSP. I hope all persons of conscience have the opportunity to watch the series and judge what has happened – and is likely still happening – with ICE.

Netflix: Immigration Nation, a limited series, starts August 3.