The data amplifies one migrant's story
We began our data narrative with a voice-over from his wife. she recounted the day ICE took him. We decided that this intimate recounting would serve as a portal to examine the strategic criminalization of immigrants over time by ICE on national, state, and local levels. By criminalizing re-entry for migrants that went back and forth between the United States and Mexico, ICE distorted Obama-era guidelines that advocated for focusing on violent criminals. Our amazing data journalist helped us dig into the public data and we discovered more than we expected.
Form & content
The team went with a simple approach to the user interface because we knew we had compelling story backed up by data (and we were crunched for time). I put together the website on CartoDB’s Odyssey platform with help from my developer mentor who worked for the San Francisco Chronicle. Our journalists wrote the copy and our interactive charts allowed visitors to understand the dramatic shifts in immigration enforcement post-Katrina.
Journalism and advocacy
During the arch of the weekend, tension arose in one particular team between a journalist and immigrant rights advocates. They struggled to define what it is they were making. Was it a piece of journalism first or was it advocacy? Was there a mix? Our team, though, enjoyed our collaboration and the potential to help make a case for Jose.