Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Life Imitating Art? Immigrant Rights Group Demands ICE Restore Detention Hotline Featured in "Orange is the New Black"
I was a dedicated viewer of the Netflix show Orange is the New Black. This season added an interesting twist to the study of a women's prison by adding immigration detention to the storyline. That addition resulted in, as the Hollywood Reporter reports, life imitating art.
A national hotline for detained immigrants was shut down after it was spotlighted in Orange Is the New Black. Now, the group behind the hotline is demanding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) restore the resource.
Today, Freedom for Immigrants filed a lawsuit to reinstate its National Immigration Detention Hotline, which was named on the show. The hotline was shut down Aug. 7, according to the group, echoing a plotline from the television show.