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icebox movie

By Daniel Sawka Icebox, a film by Daniel Sawka, is scheduled to air on HBO on December 7th. Icebox premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The movie chronicles the journey and subsequent detention by the U.S. immigration service of a 12-year-old boy from Honduras seeking asylum to avoid efforts…(Read More)

obama vs trump immigration

By Anita Estell NY Times Video on Bush, Obama and Trump Administration Policies News accounts and heads have swirled in response to executive orders issued by President Donald Trump related to immigration.  Between May 5 and June 9 (in less than 30 days) Trump administration officials report that 2,342 children have been separated from…(Read More)

By Anita Estell   The United Nations has accused the United States of violating international law for actions taken by the Trump Administration resulting in the separation of families at the US-Mexican border.  A recent report by Al Jazeera also notes that the US is the only nation that has not signed the UN…(Read More)

Recent reports on major networks confirm that hundreds of thousands of Americans are finding ways to assist families torn apart at the US-Mexico border. In addition to sharing the NBC Nightly News report above, the XXTRA Special and Free staff have outlined 6 steps anyone can take to remedy and prevent this situation from…(Read More)

prison fence

By Vanessa Williams With the United States housing the largest prison population in the world, it is not surprising that the country maintains one of the largest immigration detention systems in the world as well. In 2016, it is estimated that there were nearly 360,000 immigrants detained in over 200 immigration detention centers across…(Read More)

Miguel: Now

This month we celebrate Women’s History Month in the US.  The members of the XXTRA team would like to acknowledge those women and families currently housed at immigration detention centers.  Numerous reports document the inhumane and deplorable conditions to which many being held in these for-profit centers are subjected. We share the music…(Read More)

Dreamers - DACA

A few weeks ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made history by speaking for over eight hours) on the House floor on immigration and the importance of DACA. The DACA debate was holding up bipartisan progress on approving this year’s budget, even forcing a government shutdown in earlier this month. Currently, a court’s…(Read More)

nancy pelosi gives 8 hour speech - DACA

Nancy Pelosi, the 77-year old House Democratic Leader took a historic eight-hour stand on the House floor in support of those who seek the American dream and the preservation of protections included in DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals). In the 300-plus history of the US Congress, it took a woman standing…(Read More)

Approximately 800,000 to 1 million Dreamers face an uncertain future in the United States going into the new year. The US Senate is scheduled to return and be in session on January 3, 2018. The US House of Representatives returns the following week. To the disappointment of many, the body failed to resolve questions…(Read More)