Immigration Nation

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Immigration Nation
Directed by
  • Christina Clusiau
  • Shaul Schwarz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Running time60–64 minutes
Production companyReel Peak Films
Original releaseAugust 3, 2020 (2020-08-03)
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Immigration Nation is a 2020 documentary web television miniseries directed by Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz. The series consists of footage filmed from 2017 to 2020 of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency's work during the Trump era.[1][2]

The documentary has been described by at least one film reviewer as "showing the inhumanity and unconscionable cruelty of [the] agency's tactics."[3]

Prior to release, filmmakers were faced with legal threats; ICE sought to delay the release until after the 2020 United States elections.[4][5]


Immigration Nation was released on August 3, 2020, on Netflix.[6]


Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 100% based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 7.96/10 for the miniseries. The website's critical consensus reads, "A rare and expansive look into the consequences of unfettered power, Immigration Nation is a powerful, harrowing indictment of the current state of American immigration."[7] Metacritic gave the miniseries a weighted average score of 86 out of 100 based on 11 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[8]

Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter described the series as "Not an easy watch, but often essential" and wrote: "As in-depth and widely-encompassing as it is, Immigration Nation feels barely like the tip of a horrible iceberg."[1] John Anderson of the Wall Street Journal, called the series: "a strictly observational series, so there are no explanatory titles or voiceovers. But the filmmakers do know how to juxtapose their material in ways that make unmistakable points."[9] Caroline Framke at Variety gave a review stating that the series "provides a damning indictment of the labyrinth systems that make ICE so powerful, and a wrenching examination of the human cost its policies have wrought."[10]

In an article published in The New York Times, on July 23, 2020, Caitlin Dickerson reports that Jenny L. Burke, the press secretary for ICE, stated that the agency is "shocked by the mischaracterizations made by the production company," and "wholeheartedly disputes the allegations brought forward by filmmakers of this production."[4]


No.TitleDirected byOriginal release date
1"Installing Fear"TBAAugust 3, 2020 (2020-08-03)
2"Maintaining Vigilance"TBAAugust 3, 2020 (2020-08-03)
3"Power of the Vote"TBAAugust 3, 2020 (2020-08-03)
4"The New Normal"TBAAugust 3, 2020 (2020-08-03)
5"The Right Way"TBAAugust 3, 2020 (2020-08-03)
6"Prevention Through Deterrence"TBAAugust 3, 2020 (2020-08-03)


  1. ^ a b Fienberg, Daniel (August 2, 2020). "'Immigration Nation': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Hart, Daniel (August 2, 2020). "Immigration Nation review — Netflix series shows ICE's arrogance and apathetic attitude". Ready Steady Cut. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  3. ^ Lange, Jeva (August 3, 2020). "The most damning inside portrait of the Trump administration yet". The Week. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Dickerson, Caitlin (July 23, 2020). "A Rare Look Inside Trump's Immigration Crackdown Draws Legal Threats". The New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  5. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (August 3, 2020). "Immigration Nation Is a Must-See Window Into an American Horror Story". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Mallenbaum, Carly (July 22, 2020). "Netflix in August 2020: 'Legend of Korra,' 'Jurassic Park,' Jamie Foxx's 'Project Power'". USA Today. Archived from the original on July 22, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "Immigration Nation: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "Immigration Nation: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Anderson, John (July 30, 2020). "'Immigration Nation' Review: Enforcing the Border, No Holds Barred". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  10. ^ Framke, Caroline (July 30, 2020). "'Immigration Nation' on Netflix: TV Review". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2020.

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