ICED: Grand Theft America
Posted by Joshua Price on February 18, 2008
The socialist Left and the American education system are at again. Their target: immigration, specifically deportation.
Check this gem out reported in the Immigration blog at The Houston Chronicle:
A human rights organization today unveiled a new video game called “ICED!,” which stands for “I Can End Deportation.”
The game is free for download at www.icedgame.com.
The creators of ICED! said it is “designed to spark dialogue and create awareness of unfair U.S. immigration policies.”
In the videogame, players can choose from five characters — including an undocumented immigrant and lawful permanent resident. The ultimate goal is to become a U.S. citizen. The players make moral choices, like whether to hop a subway turnstile or shoplift. The characters are pursued by immigration officials, who try to detain and deport them. Players earn points to help avoid deportation by doing positive things.
The game was created by Breakthrough, a New York-based human rights organization, along with community organizations and high school teachers and students (my emphasis added).
Read that last line again carefully. Ah, the outstanding product of a liberal indoctrination–wait, I mean–education system.
Do you see what’s going here? The socialist Left is now trying to fight back against our standing up to the illegal alien invasion. Just read an account of what the “game” portrays:
For game play, I picked the character Javier, a 20-year-old who migrated to the U.S. from Mexico with his family on visitor visas. He works as delivery boy in New York City and wants to become a teacher. But his family overstayed their visas and now can be deported. He’s waiting for passage of the DREAM Act (the law that would put undocumented student immigrants on the path to legalization).
I quickly earned a pot of points, for planting trees, recycling a soda can, giving money to the homeless and volunteering in a soup kitchen. But then I faced a dilemma: I came across someone on a street corner registering people to vote. Should I register? The game warns me that if I register I increase my chances of being deported. It also tells you there are millions of immigrants in the country who are legal and pay taxes but cannot vote. I play it safe and walk away.
Then I stumble upon someone selling counterfeit DVDs. Should I buy? The game tells me that any association with illegal activities could draw ICE’s attention. I pass on the DVDs.
Temptation strikes again: a car with the key in the ignition. Should I steal the car? That was easy. No way.
My play was going smoothly until … I got busted by immigration agents for something in my past. I apparently had a baby when I was underage with my 16-year-old girlfriend. Technically, I broke the law. My family was split up, and I was hauled off to a detention center in Louisiana.
I could be there for five months or five years. It’s uncertain. And I have no access to a free lawyer. I stopped playing before the next phase of the game — navigating the world of immigration detention.
ICED! hopes to teach people the facts and myths surrounding immigration. It succeeds at illustrating how quickly and unexpectedly an undocumented immigrant’s life can unravel. But immigration is an incredibly complex and nuanced issue — one that is difficult to simplify into a video game. (For instance, as far as I could tell, the game makes no mention of how to address the thousands of immigrants who commit serious crimes.)
They are trying paint those who are in favor of deporting the current illegal population as inhumane and insensitive.
This is designed to brainwash yet another generation into believing that every illegal comes here simply to create a better life for himself and his family.
I think we ought to call the so-called game what it really preaches: Grand Theft America. I’m sorry. That’s insensitive. I might be perceived as being inhumane.
As I have said before and I will probably say countless more times, if you want to come here, do it legally, abide by our laws, be a productive citizen and be willing to die for this country. I will gladly welcome those immigrants who do it the right and legal way.