Prior restraint: Stark scenes in immigration film rile ICE

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, was happy to sign a contract with documentary filmmakers who were recording the country’s immigration enforcement under the Trump administration. But then uncomfortable scenes surfaced: An ICE spokesperson claiming in town hall meetings that they were only going after criminals then officers receiving instructions to arrest as many people as possible, criminal or not; border agents measuring success not on numbers of arrests but on the number of immigrants who died while trying to enter the U.S. ICE demanded changes even though under the contract they could only request changes for factual inaccuracies, violations of privacy and for information that would endanger agents or harm their ability to do their jobs. The documentary, under threat of legal action by the administration, is set to run on Netflix Monday August 3.(The New York Times, July 23, 2020, by Caitlin Dickerson)

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