'Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration' App Game Creates Controversy

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 8:43pm

LOS ANGELES— The topic of immigration is a controversial subject, and now a new app game for iPhone and iPad users, called “Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration” is creating an uproar.

The game at first seems like a normal child's game, however, some people are against the idea of a game that will have the player crossing a truck load of immigrants across border lines into the United States. The object of “Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration” to keep the truck filled with immigrants from falling off the truck. Barriers and obstacles are included to make the game hard.

Ray Barrera, from the Humane Immigration Rights in L.A., is against the game. His group is one of many across the nation that is speaking out against the game. He said an estimated 170 people died in 2010 from crossing the border, a number that to him is not a laughing matter— especially when created in a video game.

The creators of the game posted on their Web site:
“As we lived through a painful 12 months of our friend struggling through an absurd legal minefield that surrounds U.S. immigration, we felt that we should create a game that touches on the issue.”

The app game is scheduled to be released for iPhone users in March.

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