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The Security Problem at the United States' Southern Border (01:22)


Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. has sent troops around the world in the name of guarding homeland security. A reporter asserts that immigrants from Mexico who illegally enter the United States make a mockery of U.S. security.

An Increased Border Patrol Presence (02:13)

Almost 400 U.S. Border Patrol agents are based at a single post in Arizona. The number of agents patrolling the U.S. southern border has tripled in a decade's time, but illegal immigrants, and possibly terrorists, continue to enter the country.

High Tech Border Patrol Methods (02:08)

U.S. Border Patrol agents work to stop illegal migration along the southern border of the United States. Despite new, high tech methods, illegal immigrants from Mexico continue to enter the country.

A Revolving Door at the U.S. Border (02:11)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent chases and apprehends eight men trying to cross illegally into the United States. The men are detained at a Border Patrol processing center before being returned to Mexico.

Concerns About Terrorists at the Border (01:37)

Estimates predict at least 2,000 illegal immigrants enter the U.S. from Mexico daily. A border agent asserts the border is increasingly less secure; he worries that terrorists and drug traffickers are among the people who cross to seek work.

Illegal Migration from Mexico Frustrates Border Ranchers (02:23)

Arizona ranchers feel "beaten down" by what they believe is a migrant invasion. One rancher blames American employers who hire undocumented workers; he asserts the government's plans for dealing with the problem are misguided.

Illegal Migration from Mexico Strains Law Enforcement Resources (01:31)

An Arizona jail is filled beyond capacity, partly due to the large number of illegal migrants with criminal records who are held there. A sheriff asserts that nearly 40 percent of his budget is spent on activities related to illegal immigration.

Illegal Migrants Prepare to Enter the United States (04:08)

A small Mexican town south of the Arizona border serves as the main staging ground for migrants preparing to illegally enter the United States. One young man shares his fears about the journey and his reasons for attempting it.

Illegal Migrants: One Family's Story (02:23)

A man from Guatemala looks for a guide to lead him and his children from Mexico into the United States to rejoin his wife in Florida. He has made the trip 19 times and worries that criminals might try to rape his daughter in the Arizona desert.

Illegal Migrants Receive Safety Instructions (03:28)

A steady stream of buses and vans carry loads of migrants to the border of the United States daily. They stop at a checkpoint where passengers receive instructions from a Mexican official about how to stay safe in the Arizona desert.

Vigilante Militias Hunt Illegal Migrants from Mexico (04:56)

A newspaper editor in Tombstone, Arizona works to organize citizen patrols to chase down illegal immigrants from Mexico. He expresses frustration with Bush administration policies and with the President's guest worker proposal.

Illegal Migrants, Terrorism, and Racism (01:22)

A Republican congressman claims the southern border of the U.S. is open to terrorists. An Arizona pastor charges that racism is behind anti-migrant feelings; he provides humanitarian aid to migrants and calls for systemic changes.

Proposition 200: Denying Services to Undocumented Workers (03:44)

A self-proclaimed liberal woman led a campaign in Arizona to deny social services to undocumented workers. Supporters and opponents address the issue.

Migrant Labor Force Builds Las Vegas (04:22)

Migrant labor contributed significantly to the boom which made Las Vegas the fastest growing city in the United States. It is estimated that 100,000 illegal migrants work in the city; some describe how workers are exploited.

The Dreams of Illegal Migrant Workers (01:39)

A migrant from Mexico who has lived illegally in the United States for 15 years lives modestly, but comfortably, with his family. They live with the fear of being deported and losing their home.

Dichotomy of Immigrant Labor (01:53)

A migrant from Mexico who has lived illegally in the United States for 15 years points to the contradiction of America's resentment of immigrant workers. The vast underclass of migrants swells by half a million people per year.

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Broken Border: America's Immigration Dilemma

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Take a trip to historic Tombstone, Arizona, and relive Wyatt Earp’s gunfight at the O.K. Corral—or watch 21st-century vigilantes scour the landscape for Mexican invaders. Modern pseudo-cowboys haunt Southwestern communities with growing frequency, and they represent one of several new trends examined in this documentary on America’s immigration anxiety. Focusing on the porous U.S.-Mexico border separating Arizona and Sonora, the program records the daily routines and high-tech strategies of border agents, the attitudes of local ranchers and activists, and the motivations of undocumented job seekers determined to cross again and again, no matter how many times they are arrested. A conversation with Representative Tom Tancredo (R-Arizona) and a look at surging Latino populations in other states are also included. Original CBC broadcast title: Broken Border. (45 minutes)

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL37482

ISBN: 978-1-4213-8239-5

Copyright date: ©2004

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