Wednesday, January 04, 2017
PBS: "Beyond Borders: Undocumented Mexican Americans"
Tonight, PBS WHUT Howard University Television in Washington DC aired “Undocumented Mexican Americans” as part of its “Beyond Borders” series. There was a film by this name about Doctors Beyond Borders in Africa in 2003.
The episode traced some undocumented people chased back to Mexico, including one woman who had been here 35 years and was stopped on a traffic ticket in San Diego. The families would be separated if the kids stayed.
The film presented the sharp increase in the number of deportations under Obama. It also presented Obama’s history trying to pass a Dream Act before implementing his own Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012.
But illegal immigration into the US has gone down since 2008 because of the US recession as well as a drop in birthrates in Mexico, even if violence-driven immigration from deep in Central America, like El Salvador, may increase.