"Illegal" Raises Questions You May Never Have Asked Yourself About Immigration

I’ve just stumbled across a video that raises what I think to be one of the most important questions of this era. What do we do about those who didn’t have the choice to cross into and live behind our borders? Until today, it wasn’t something that I had given much thought to, but this is far more real to me than any other political point that could be raised over immigration.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that immigration should be an easy process for all who want to live in our country, but it had never crossed my mind that some of the people who crossed the border were carried over illegally. Some were even so young that they don’t remember it happening. Is it morally right to prosecute a person who can’t even cognitively remember the “illegal” act they committed?

This video, directed by John X. Carey, shows what these “illegal immigrants” have become in our society, and the pain they’ve had to suffer for being “undocumented”. After watching this video, I can’t help but feel like there’s more that we can do for these people. Some people view illegal immigration as an injustice, but I think it’s worse to treat someone who has experienced America, for the better part of their conscious life, as a common criminal.

You can check out the story behind "Illegal" at illegalmovie.org

Illegal from John X. Carey on Vimeo.

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