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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

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.

Oh well.

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.


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3 Responses to “ICED: Grand Theft America”

  1. Gomper! said

    Joshua you said,
    “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.”

    That is true and I agree that everything should be done the “legal” way, but in the real world everything is not that simple and clear-cut; the colors here are not only black and white there is also grey.

    I think that we should come up with a better solution than just “deporting” every illegal immigrant in the country.

    First of all, everybody that is illegal in this country (not just Mexicans!) is not going to simply come out and say “here I am, please deport me.” Consequentially, we have to come up with some sort of deal or agreement so that the people that are here illegally could not be afraid to come out.

    And after they come out and we decide on an efficient and “realistic” way to fix the issue, we should proceed to secure our borders (including Canadian) so that this problem does not re-emerge. This seems to be the best way to go about it.

    Since this problem is truly multifaceted, I don’t pretend to have the precise answer on how we should fix it but deporting millions upon millions of people is just not practical!

  2. This might surprise you, but I agree with a couple of your points, just not your thesis that “deporting millions upon millions of people is just not practical!”

    I think it quite practical. If we could get true comprehensive immigration reform the illegals would essentially deport themselves.

    I say that because we have seen an exodus of illegals from Arizona and Oklahoma after those states enacted much tougher laws directed not only at the illegals but business owners who knowingly employ illegals. Now, unfortunately, they have simply moved to states that are more friendly towards the illegals (i.e. Texas, etc.).

    The point is that if we use Arizona and Oklahoma as guides towards a national, comprehensive policy on immigration, they won’t have any place to go but home.

    We have to remove the incentives for them to be here illegally–jobs, high school and college educations, welfare, medical care, etc.

    You are right, however, that all illegals are not Mexican, but they do make up a significant proportion of illegals.

    The bottom line is I don’t believe that I’m inhumane or insensitive because I want our immigration laws strengthened and enforced.

    I appreciate your viewpoint and welcome your comments.

  3. Mario said

    i wanting to say sumthing. i coming to amirica for money with mi mama and papa. we picking fruits for you and for washing sum cars. this games is no good for us becuse it looking like sumthing bad. cross to amirica is not easy let me tell you. but making moneys to sending home for mi friends is good. one day mi familia will go to home with moneys to buygood things i think. i thinking maybe we can sew this games companys to make more money…no? i never be deported and when i do i come back for sure. i do not want to buy this games and i thinking no persons shuld by this. there is tricks to hiding in amirica and maybe this games show this tricks…maybe. in amirica one persons can have free things but not posible in mexico for this peoples. why this companys make a game to tell storys? thank you for giving chances to tlak about this games for us.

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