Organization seeks to create awareness of unfair U.S. immigration policies with new simulator
Yesterday, Breakthrough, an international human rights organization launched “ICED -- I Can End Deportation” an education tool to be used by students to help them understand the difficult challenges immigrants face under unfair immigration policies. The program was created in partnership with various community-based organizations, high school teachers and students from high schools and after-school programs across New York City.
Under current immigration laws in the United States, many immigrants are often denied due process and basic human rights, which even judges are prevented from affecting. In addition, harsh punishments may also be levied for minor offenses including indefinite detention. Responding to this fact, Breakthrough says, “when we let the government deny due process and human rights for some people, we put all of our freedoms at risk.
Users of ICED will come to realize it isn’t only undocumented immigrants that suffer under the U.S.’s immigration policy. One character users can choose to inhabit—a Japanese student on a visa-- demonstrates the challenges even documented immigrants face navigating the U.S..
Although “ICED” has been billed to the media as a “video game”, Breakthrough makes it clear that the situation many immigrants find themselves in on a daily basis is anything but a game.
“ICED -- I Can End Deportation” can be downloaded from Breakthrough’s Website by linking to www.icedgame.com