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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: ICE ‘Keeps Lots of Immigrants from Helping Cops’

NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine is normally a genuinely funny show, but it’s sadly drifted more into politics in these later seasons. This time may actually be its most nonsensical stride yet since this cop show literally advocates working against law enforcement. Only liberals could fashion the logic around that. 

The April 2 episode “Admiral Peralta” features a subplot where Sergeant Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) mistakenly gives a high-profile robbery case to inept Detectives Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller). Although their efforts are mostly useless, they managed to find a witness who saw every detail of the crime down to the getaway car. Unfortunately, neither detective wrote down the contact information to find him. Nevertheless, Amy and her detective co-worker Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) set out to find the witness themselves.

However, they’re quickly stopped by Hitchcock and Scully, who reveal the real reason they kept the witness’s contact information. Turns out, the witness is undocumented and fears being turned over to ICE for cooperating. Of course, the scene turns into feeling sorry for the illegal immigrant rather than doing anything to find the criminal. After all, ICE apparently stops “immigrants” (not just illegal ones) from helping the police.

 

 

Hitchcock: Please, don’t go looking for that witness.

Santiago: We’re just trying to fix your screw-up.

Scully: We didn’t screw up. The witness gave us his name, but he asked us not to write it down because he’s undocumented.

Rosa: So he’s scared to show up to testify at the courthouse because he didn’t want to be detained by ICE.

Amy: Damn it.

Hitchcock: You know, that keeps lots of immigrants from helping cops.

Rosa: Yeah, we know that. We’re just surprised that you know that.

Scully: That’s insulting. I’m very concerned with immigration issues.

Hitchcock: And I’ve dated my fair share of spicy—

Rosa: No!

Amy: Scully said the nice thing. You don’t need to go past it, Hitchcock.

The result is only worse since Amy and Rosa keep the identity secret, which means there’s no case to prosecute the robber. The ADA is understandably mad at this, but Rosa reassures the detectives that they did “the right thing.” They’re even let off with basically no punishment for letting not one but two criminals go free: the robber and the illegal immigrant. It doesn’t take an actual detective to find out what this story supports.

Apparently, these officers would rather protect the dignity of an illegal immigrant over the safety of innocent citizens. Then again, that’s not much different from how the real-life New York behaves. Sometimes real life is worse than fiction.

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