A Reality for Nebraskan Families

While CARNE y ARENA gives individuals the opportunity to experience a fraction of what immigrants and refugees endure during their journey to the United States, it is a harrowing reality for many Nebraskan Families.


Nebraska is home to a growing immigrant population. Their journey to Nebraska can be dangerous, with families risking separation throughout their journey, once reaching the U.S./Mexico border, and while being apprehended by Customs and Border Patrol.

Often, they are held at detention centers along the southern border for weeks or longer, before being released and allowed to temporarily live with extended family members in Nebraska while they plead their cases in immigration court.


In particular, nearly 900 unaccompanied children from the U.S./Mexico border were resettled in Nebraska last year alone.

Get Involved with Immigrant Legal Center

It is vital that individuals pursuing immigration relief have access to high-quality legal services, regardless of ability to pay. Immigrant Legal Center’s diverse team of legal experts assist with all forms of family and humanitarian-based immigration, specializing in the most complex, time consuming, and resource-intensive cases.

Your support provides high-quality immigration legal services to the most vulnerable persons in our community—victims of domestic abuse, children who are abused, abandoned, or neglected and persons who have fled persecution in their own countries.


From Border Crossing to Nebraska

Departing Home Country

Individuals depart their home country to reach the United States-Mexico border. Many travel by bus, plane, train, or foot (often a combination of travel methods). This journey is incredibly dangerous and can be traumatizing.

Apprehension At The Border

An individual’s journey with U.S. Immigration Laws begins when they are apprehended and detained at the border. They are held in detention facilities, commonly called “hieleras” (Spanish for freezers or iceboxes). These facilities are extremely cold, have no beds, are frequently overcrowded, and routinely lacking in adequate food, water, and medical care.

Removal Proccedings

Once an individual is arrested, the ICE deportation officer will make an initial determination as to whether to place the person into removal proceedings and, if so, how to charge the person. Most often, the charge will be an unlawful entry into the U.S., which is a civil violation.

Release From Detention

A Customs and Border Patrol officer will determine whether an individual in immigration custody is eligible to be released on bond in the U.S. while they fight their case in immigration court.

Immigrant Legal Center

Immigrant Legal Center strives to ensure all  individuals have high-quality legal representation. Proceedings can be lengthy, sometimes taking years to complete, but ILC’s diverse team of experts specialize in complex, time consuming and resource-intensive cases.


We never charge a fee for our services and depend on the generosity of our community to meet the increasing need for high quality legal representation for all.  


(Virtually present, Physiclly invisible)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Academy Award®-winning virtual reality experience CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees.


KANEKO in partnership with Emerson CollectivePHI Studio, and Legendary Entertainment presents the immersive VR experience recounting the harrowing journey of Central American and Mexican refugees.


 CARNE y ARENA is presented for the first time in Nebraska, The installation opens in KANEKO galleries after numerous sold-out runs in the U.S. and abroad.


Experience CARNE y ARENA at KANEKO June 9, 2020 – September 10, 2022.


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