Immigration is a major topic this election year with much of the discussion focusing on the best way to secure our borders. But amidst all the speechmaking there is another piece to the issue that rarely makes the headlines: the human impact of deportation on individuals and families.
A non-profit human rights organization has just released a new video game called ICED (I Can End Deportation). It's also a play on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department, the division of Homeland Security that enforces immigration policy.
The game is free and there are versions for both Windows and Macintosh. There is also a version that runs in the Global Kids Island in Teen Second Life, a virtual world accessible only to teens.
When you play the game you get to chose one of five characters so that you can experience what the game developers call "the day-to-day life of immigrant youth." You can get a sense of what it's like to be chased by immigration officers and make decisions that can increase or decrease your chances of being detained and possibly deported