Filmmaker’s loyalties shaken after making illegal immigration documentary: ‘The truth is eye-opening'


Category:  News & Politics

Via:  suz  •  2 weeks ago  •  27 comments

By:   By Hollie McKay

Filmmaker’s loyalties shaken after making illegal immigration documentary: ‘The truth is eye-opening'
A new film from a registered Democrat shines a different light on a controversial issue

We have ALL been lied to. 

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

When filmmaker Namrata Singh Gujral set off to make the documentary, “America’s Forgotten,” in the early summer of 2019, she thought she would be bringing to life a remarkably different film pertaining to the trials and tribulations of those trying to unlawfully cross the U.S. border.

“I started reading stories of tragedy, of families trying to cross the Rio Grande, and it really resonated with me. I wanted to show their persecution. I bled and bought the narrative that the media and my party, the Democrats, had sold me,” Gujral told Fox News. “But then when I started making this, the things I found were eye-opening. I realized the narrative I had been sold and supported was not the real truth. Illegal immigration is a terrible practice that should not only be discouraged, but it should be stopped.”

Gujral said it has shaken her political loyalties and caused her to question everything she once thought she knew about the southern border. For months, the entertainment industry veteran journeyed the globe to explore how other countries grapple with the dangers of illegal  immigration . She also purveyed her own border state of California, seeking out stories of individuals struggling with the ripple effects of unauthorized crossers – in particular, parents who lost their children by the actions of illegal immigrants.

Our first son Drew was 25 years old and going to law school in San Francisco when we got a call one night that there had been a terrible accident,” Don Rosenberg, says in the film of his son who was killed by an illegal immigrant. “When we arrived in San Francisco, they told us that our son had been killed in a traffic collision. The man who hit him was in the country illegally and never made an attempt to stop."

Then there is the raw interview with parents who lost their son – a 911 dispatcher in the process of becoming a police officer – who was slain by an illegal immigrant while riding his motorcycle to work. The mother, who wears her child’s ashes around her neck, remembers how the at-fault driver refused to apologize in court and was released from prison after just 35 days – while the family is left to endure a life sentence.

“America’s Forgotten” also points to other trickle-down consequences of  illegal immigration . Woven throughout the narrative is the story of a homeless U.S. veteran of the Iraq War, who resides on the gray concrete slabs outside the manicured Veteran’s Affairs property on the west side of Los Angeles. Battling the demons of addiction and post-traumatic stress, he claims he could not get a construction job because of his lack of Spanish speaking skills.

However, on the "other" side of the almost 2000-mile jagged border, Gujral said she interviewed more than 150 different people purporting to step foot on U.S. soil: the injured, the poor, the vulnerable. However, the reasons for fleeing their homes – she said – were very rarely on the basis of seeking asylum.

“I would say that at least 95 percent I spoke to had no asylum basis to come here other than to seek a better life,” she surmised. “Remember, that is not to be confused with refugees and those fleeing war zones who have little choice.”

Gujral recalled meeting one family who had three motorhomes in Central America and well-stuffed bank accounts, stressing that was just one of many examples of those who had successfully played the system and had been living in Los Angeles for seven years.

“America’s Forgotten” draws on how unscrupulous “coyotes” -- human smugglers that bring migrants across the U.S. border – pad their pockets with fat wads of cash from immigrants by using talking points and debate videos to urge more people to cross over under the ruse that they will receive free health care and food stamps.

Nonetheless, it is a lure that, especially for women, can be an excruciating price to pay.

“As many as one in three women are raped on their journey to the U.S., whether that is being part of a migrant caravan or on their own,” Gujral conjectured.

Continue reading...


jrDiscussion - desc
smarty_function_ntUser_is_admin: user_id parameter required
1  seeder  Suz    2 weeks ago

This makes me angry and it should make you angry too.

1.1  gooseisgone  replied to  Suz @1    2 weeks ago
This makes me angry and it should make you angry too.

Yes it is truly insane, unless you're a Democrat then they label you as a racist. 

1.1.1  seeder  Suz  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1    2 weeks ago

I get what you're saying but my Democrat friends here on NT know I'm not racist, but I am cranky. :-)

  People have their pride and no one likes to admit they've been wronged. 

Dismayed Patriot
1.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Suz @1    2 weeks ago
This makes me angry and it should make you angry too.

“When we arrived in San Francisco, they told us that our son had been killed in a traffic collision. The man who hit him was in the country illegally and never made an attempt to stop."

Ahhh! Anger! But wait, a traffic accident had nothing to do with whether he was an "illegal" or not. Of course this right wing horse shit narrative tries to make it seem like it was perhaps intentional by saying the immigrant driver "never made an attempt to stop". Sure, the fact is that immigrants commit less crime than native born American citizens, but we should ignore the facts so we can all get "angry" because of an anecdotal rare cherry picked example we can all agree was 

Should we have stronger border enforcement? Yes, we should have strong borders. But we should also remember as we're enforcing the law that those 11 million undocumented immigrants are humans too. Conservatives seem to want to fight to the death to protect a newly fertilized egg, but they seem to want to treat any undocumented immigrant as a triple murder rapist gang member even though crossing the border illegally isn't even a felony, it's a misdemeanor.

So yes, lets do better about border enforcement, let's use all the rational means to do so which means electronic walls where physical ones aren't cost effective. But the biggest thing we can do about illegal immigration is to work with the neighboring countries these people are fleeing to help them build an infrastructure that the people don't want to escape from and feel safe to live and work freely.

All the harsh realities of the illegal immigration trade that upset this journalist are symptoms, not the actual problems. We need immigration reform, we need to accept the dreamers as American citizens, we need to work with our South American partners and use our financial power to get them to build safe cities and communities where people don't feel a 2,000 miles walk with the high likelihood of death or rape is a better option than staying in the crime and poverty stricken communities they're coming from.

So as a Democrat I want to strengthen our border using smart technology, reform the current immigration system which often takes ten to twenty years to legally emigrate, and empower and support the dreamers who are here through no fault of their own and have integrated fully into American society since they have grown up knowing no other nation as their own.

What angers me the most is that conservative Republicans have used the border issue as a wedge issue and misrepresented what Democrats actually want by claiming they support illegal immigration. This is a lie. It is a false narrative put forth by slimy Trump sycophants who simply want to muddy the water and obfuscate their true bigoted intentions of preserving some fantasy "white culture".

1.2.1  seeder  Suz  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.2    2 weeks ago

Though your comment addresses many issues, this article is about something entirely different. 

For the record, I do support the millions of people already here illegally for 20 years and counting, however, that problem has existed for how many administrations?  

Some members might believe this woman has a hidden agenda of putting more space between political parties and that I, as the seeder of this article, post this story because I know it will upset you and other people as well, but I do not agree with that.  

Thank you for your input.

Thrawn 31
1.3  Thrawn 31  replied to  Suz @1    2 weeks ago

I have bigger things to worry about.

1.3.1  seeder  Suz  replied to  Thrawn 31 @1.3    2 weeks ago
I have bigger things to worry about.

I'm very sorry to hear that. 

2  Ed-NavDoc    2 weeks ago

I live in the SE corner of Cochise County in SE Arizona right on the AZ/Mexico border. My house is exactly 6 blocks from the border fence and I can look out my front door and see Mexico. The problems on our Southern border transcend partisan politics, but many have chosen to make it so. There are victims on both sides of the border from illegal immigration and drug smuggling as well. People from South of the border being ruthlessly exploited by callous and uncaring "Cototes" on the one side. Then there are the citizens and legal residents on the U.S. side that are ranchers and farmers that have their properties and livelihoods  trashed and destroyed by the passing of illegals on their way to points North, East, and West. The liberal media refuses to portray the mountains of trash left behind on people's property, the damage they incur to fencing, and the slaughtering of cattle and family pets. Not to mention the numerous instances of residents having their homes broken into by people looking for food, valuables, and weapons. I am of Hispanic/American heritage and my heart does go out to those seeking a better life for their families, but we have to look out for our own first. I live here and see the realities first hand. I  have in the past suggested to many people that only think about the plight of the illegals, that if you really want to see what happens on our borders, come down and spend some time here and talk to the people that actually live and perhaps get your eyes opened to a different reality. The majority on the left are unwilling or unable to do so for various reasons. Most are just too comfortable believing the drivel that is spewed by the MSM. Kudos to this film maker, who whatever her political persuasion, chose to take that extra step and find out for herself what the realities on the border are actually like and to try to bring it out of the shadows the MSM prefer it remain.

2.1  seeder  Suz  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2    2 weeks ago

Liberal media only does what its viewers want them to do.  They are being played and they don't mind.

2.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Suz @2.1    2 weeks ago

Sounds like right wing media.  

2.1.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

You don't live anywhere near our Southern border do you? If you did you would know the fallacy of that statement.

2.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.1.2    2 weeks ago

That has nothing to do with it.  

2.1.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.3    2 weeks ago

To you, of course not.

2.1.5  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Suz @2.1    2 weeks ago

Very true.

Split Personality
2.1.6  Split Personality  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.1.2    2 weeks ago

Lived in Tubac.  Close enough for you?

Never had much of a problem although we did have coyote hunting nights....

Perhaps we should have a much better system of catching and returning instead of making it a GOP vs DEMs

issue.  The immigrants certainly don't care about politics, most of them are just wanting to live in a better place and will vote pro life.

2.1.7  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Split Personality @2.1.6    2 weeks ago

My comment was directed at another individual who I know for a fact lives nowhere near the border and yes I would consider Tubac close enough. In my initial comment I specifically stated that the illegal immigration problem transcends political parties and is not confined to one political ideology or another.

Thrawn 31
2.1.8  Thrawn 31  replied to  Suz @2.1    2 weeks ago
Liberal media only does what its viewers want them to do.

That is ALL media [Deleted.] ALL media outlets play to their targeted demographics for ad revenue. Seriously, the next time you watch the "news" ignore the actual "content" and pay attention to the commercials. There is a reason I have not tuned into a "news" station in about 7 years. 

2.1.9  seeder  Suz  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.1    2 weeks ago
Sounds like right wing media.

Perhaps, but the woman in the article was/is a Democrat.

2.1.10  Tessylo  replied to  Suz @2.1.9    2 weeks ago

So she says.  

2.1.11  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.10    2 weeks ago
So she says.  

Can I just go ahead and assume you will provide absolutely nothing to support a claim that she was not a Democrat?

2.1.12  seeder  Suz  replied to  Split Personality @2.1.6    2 weeks ago
The immigrants certainly don't care about politics, most of them are just wanting to live in a better place and will vote pro life.

I'm not too sure I agree with you regarding immigrants and politics.  I've listened to so many people who want to come but are waiting for the election results before they begin the journey to our borders. 

One of the many issues regarding immigration is those hoping to enter refuse to believe that the U.S. will turn them away and they care little about bringing the virus into the country nor are they worried about coming into contact with the virus upon arrival. 

Here's a little tidbit.  Did you know that most of the people from Latin American countries who have lived here in the U.S. for a number of years have gone from being Catholic to becoming evangelicals?   I find that fascinating. 

2.1.13  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Suz @2.1.12    2 weeks ago

As far as illegals not knowing about politics, I would not be too sure about that. Many folks would be surprised to know just how many of them know how to use politics and our own laws to their advantage.

2.1.14  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.11    2 weeks ago

Some folks do so when backed into a corner and unable to back themselves up, and then resort to insults, innuendo, and deflection to bully their way through.

Split Personality
2.2  Split Personality  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2    2 weeks ago
My house is exactly 6 blocks from the border fence and I can look out my front door and see Mexico.

I thought you were moving out to the valley or somewhere less dense?

2.2.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Split Personality @2.2    2 weeks ago

That particular deal fell through when a rival realtor offered the owner a better deal and sold it out from under me. I am working on another piece of property in the same area.

Split Personality
2.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.2.1    2 weeks ago

Sorry to hear that.  Better luck with the new search.

3  zuksam    2 weeks ago

The Left complains about affordable housing and low wages yet they support open borders and mass immigration. In 2007 the US population reached 300 million, today 13 years later it's over 330 million, that's a 10% increase in 13 years. What do you think happens to wages when you keep adding 2.3 mil cheap laborers a year, they stagnate because there's more workers than work. What happens to housing costs when you keep adding 2.3 mil people a year who need a place to live, demand outstrips supply and prices skyrocket. The biggest kick is this adversely effects the very groups the Democrats claim to champion, poor minorities and young people. But these groups still vote Dem. because they've been brainwashed into thinking that anything but open borders is racist, I don't care what color or faith an immigrant is I don't want 2.3 mil blond haired white people immigrating here every year either, It's not good for the country and it has lowered our standard of living. It's not because they're brown, black, or asian, it's because 2.3 mil a year is just too many. We spend so much on new infrastructure to accommodate increasing population that we can't afford to repair and replace old crumbling infrastructure and it's been like that since the 80's. I'm all for a reasonable solution for Illegals already in this country but not until the borders are secure and there are policies in place to prevent it from happening again. We had a blanket amnesty before but the promises for a secure border were broken, we live in a democracy so I don't get to make all the rules but there needs to be rules. Every Immigrant who comes to America should come here legally and the amount of immigrants allowed in should be carefully calculated so that it doesn't adversely effect this Country or it's most vulnerable Citizens.


Who is online

Sparty On
Bob Nelson
Vic Eldred

46 visitors