Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Documentary Review - "Which Way Home" or How do we Secure the Borders After They've Seen Manhattan?
Do you remember the song "How you gonna keep em down on the farm, after they've seen Paris?" (click on the link to hear it) The song was referencing the boys coming back from WW1. I thought of this song as I watched a fascinating documentary on HBO yesterday entitled "Which Way Home."
The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “ The Beast. ” When asked why they were making such a trecherous journey they said, "I want to see Manhattan!" or "I want to see Hollywood." Who can blame them. They are escaping ravaged, poverty stricken countries.
In the documentary, none of the children made it to the US. Most were caught by Mexican Immigration authorities. Contrary to what the ANTI CIR advocates say, Mexican Immigration doesn't demonize them. They catch them and send them home. The detention centers are little more than temporary safe passage back home. They are not like the disease infested, green bologna, rat infested sweltering tent cities like there are in Maricopa County and in Texas. They don't keep them for 6 months to feed the pockets of their PAC contributing crony private prison owners. They put them on a bus and send them home right away.
ICE tells us we have the lowest rate of new entries in 10 years. ICE utilizes technology to protect the border. They utilize surveillance systems and they go out and pick up the people who cross. Why incarcerate them? Just send them home. Look at their faces. The people tough enough to make the journey are kids. I've seen the surveillance videos from Border Watch groups. They are kids.
The world watches our TV, Videos and Movies. How ya gonna keep em down in their poverty stricken countries after they've seen Hollywood? We need a new song and we need a new approach for returning the newly arrived home.