August 2, 2020

New Documentary Series Highlights Cruelty in Immigration System

Press Release

Today, Netflix released Immigration Nation, a new documentary series which gives an inside look into the U.S. immigration system. The documentary highlights a lot of the cruelty experienced by immigrants and their families, including family separation and detention which is still ongoing. Families Belong Together started a petition to call upon the immediate release of these children and families.

Paola Luisi, Director of Families Belong Together, released the following statement:

“We hope this documentary sheds light on the extent of the cruelty built into the immigration system and chips away at the notion that family separation ended in 2018. Right now, children and families as young as one are being detained in dangerous family jails as COVID-19 spreads, many ICE detainees are being denied adequate medical care, all while ICE continues to deport families across the globe in the middle of a pandemic.”

It’s simple: ICE is an entity whose mission is to gratuitously separate families, terrorize communities of color, all while putting the greater public at risk as they ignore common sense measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. We demand they free the families in their custody immediately.”


The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.

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