With the Trump administration’s nationwide crackdown of ‘illegal immigrants’, ‘Immigration Nation’ is right on the money. In 2011, a Deborah Kennedy starrer TV series of the same name had dealt with the immigration question in Australia. In 2018, the miniseries ‘Collateral’ critiqued the English immigration policies for the persecution of Syrians. Already garnering attention, ‘Immigration Nation’ might turn out to be commensurable with these popular shows. Depicting narratives of pain and trauma perpetrated by the ICE at the behest of the government, the show definitely ruffles some feathers.
Immigration Nation Season 2 Release Date:
‘Immigration Nation’ season 1 released on August 3, 2020, on Netflix. It consists of six episodes of one hour (approximately) each. Netflix has listed the show as a limited series and categorized it under ‘Social & Cultural Documentaries’. Since it is a limited series and deals quite extensively with Trump’s immigration policies, the chances of a second season are slim. However, the odds would improve if there are more atrocious policies formulated in the future which unleashes a different set of issues for the public. So for now, it is safe to assume that there will not be any ‘Immigration Nation’ season 2.
Immigration Nation Cast:
The show is co-directed by the Emmy winning co-director of ‘Trophy’, Christina Clusiau, and award-winning documentary maker, Shaul Schwarz. The production team also includes the likes of Dan Cogan, Christian Thompson, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg, Jenny Ruskin, among others. Being a docuseries, ‘Immigration Nation’ cannot boast of a star cast. However, going by the generally positive reviews, the series has the scope of being historically important for its portrayal of the present.
What’s Immigration Nation About?
‘Immigration Nation’ is a humane take on the policies that the US government has taken up in recent times. The absence of coherency in the policies of the ICE and the CBP only highlights the general apathy of the government towards immigrants. If economic control is a counter-argument, then how does it account for the ordeal of army veteran César (Episode 3)? If the government harasses taxpaying people like this, what happens to the undocumented, hardworking people?
As a series, the strong point of ‘Immigration Nation’ is not its images but its sounds. There is a daunting repetition of the words (verbatim) on the part of the ICE agents that deporting people is a part of their job. If work is separated from morals, how is the Trump government different from an unfeeling fascist rule? This aspect unveils the horror of the government bodies mechanically following orders—with no regard for their fellow human beings.
Thus, the series is an incisive look at the immigration policies that have objectively and subjectively estranged family members. In Obama’s tenure, only safety or legal reasons enticed taking children away from a family. The estrangement of Josue Rodriguez and Erin Ramos (Episode 1) from their children points out the callous red-tapism of American Bureaucracy. Deborah Jane’s story points out how the life of a taxpaying immigrant has changed across two administrative tenures. With the naturalization fee in the US increasing by 83% in 2020, ‘Immigration Nation’ becomes a must-watch for its pertinence.