I Migration and Customs Enforcement closed the Immigrant Detention Hotline less than two weeks after it was introduced in Netflix's episode on Orange Is the New .
In the July 26 episode, a character who was facing deportation to an immigrant detention center celebrates after learning of a free platform that connects migrants with pro-lawyers. However, another character warns her: "However, you have to be careful. Obviously, if they find out you're using a hotline, Big Brother shuts it off. "
According to the Los Angeles Times advocates say that's exactly what happened because ICE stopped a hotline operated by a California group." Freedom for immigrants. " The group responded to the news Thursday with a letter of resignation and denial, calling the move a violation of free speech. They also blamed the agency for revenge on the critics.
"Even gratuity, such as a pro bono hotline, cannot be taken away simply because the government is now dissatisfied with how we share with the public what we know from our communications with the people inside," said Christina Fialho, co-executive director of Freedom for Immigrants.
Until ICE responded to requests for comment from multiple media outlets, the agency told the group that toll-free numbers for promotional attorneys and organizations must be approved by the Immigration Review Executive every three years, adding that these which are not approved will be removed from the system.
In response to the shutdown, six cast members of Orange Is the New Black and more than 1
"Now we see life-like art in the most destructive way," says Laura Gomez, who plays Blanca on the show, "I wish it was more of a fictional meeting and exaggerated reality, but it's the opposite . ”