I developed this piece in 2012 in collaboration with my friend and fellow artist, Melanie Cervantes, to call attention to the devastating costs of deportation policies. Under the Obama Administration, deportations are at an all time high of 1,100 per day. At the root of these deportations are policies such as SCOMM that allows the collaboration and sharing of data between ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) and local police.
This not only erodes the immigrant community's trust of the police, but it also turns police officers into immigration agents. Despite outrage and criticism from a number of major cities and police chiefs, President Obama made data sharing between ICE and local police mandatory in 2012.
This work demands a stop to the POLIMIGRA. POLI stands of Police, while MIGRA is a Spanish word for ICE.