The ‘Other Side’ of Immigration

Oops, I mean, The ‘Other Side’ of Undocumented

United States Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security in 2010.

Her testimony included the declaration of, “The United States’s southwest border is as secure now as it has ever been.” She further cements her certainty with, “I’ve ridden that border. I’ve flown it. I’ve driven it. I know that border I think as well as anyone, and I will tell you it is as secure now as it has ever been.”

This video of two teenage girls is a clip from the award-winning documentary, The Other Side of Immigration.

Roy Germano’s The Other Side of Immigration is a critically acclaimed film that ventures into the government policies in place by both Mexico and America that are mutually devastating to economy and immigration. With money being spent on wasteful policies, such as this “border,” The Other Side of Immigration urges U.S. and Mexican governments to think about new and more effective ways to solve the growing immigration problem.

While that’s an honorable and humanitarian approach to revealing the no-win situation of many of our government policies, I struggle with an immense frustration over the film site’s use of the term, “undocumented immigrant.”

The suggestion that the term “illegal immigrant” should be replaced with “undocumented citizen” in journalism is a brand new arena of absurdity for America.

Megyn Kelly says it best, as she usually does, on December 29, 2010.

Am I awful for agreeing with her, whole heartedly? It’s difficult for me to grasp that with every morbid challenge we are facing as a Nation that we are finding the time to concern ourselves with the media portraying illegal immigrants in an unflattering light. While American Citizens suffer in searches for employment, proper medical care and ultimate survival, our officials are crying rivers over the hurt feelings of illegal aliens?! ….Really?!

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