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Busted Borders: A Different Take on the Immigration Debate

Busted Borders: A Different Take on the Immigration Debate

Editor’s Note: This post comes to you from the good people at Busted Halo. Be sure to check out the video, where they talk with a mother of six who doesn’t want her daughters to experience female genital mutilation. It’s a tough subject, but one we should all be aware of. Let us know your thoughts below.

 

With the help of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, BustedHalo.com began covering the issue of immigration in a unique way. Instead of contributing to the glut of coverage about immigration, BustedHalo is featuring stories by immigrants themselves about the issue. We distributed Flip video cameras to undocumented individuals and agencies across the country and asked them to start video blogging for a period of at least three months.

Busted Borders is an attempt to use the web’s unfiltered nature to move the immigration debate away from abstractions and statistics. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, we hope to give a personal glimpse into the humanity of these strangers in our midst. For reasons of safety, some of the participants have opted to keep their last names and locations secret.

Busted Borders is an ongoing project and we are still in its early stages. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please contact us at borders@bustedhalo.com.

 

 

Busted Borders Producer: Bill McGarvey 

Project coordinator: Mirlande Jeanlouis  

 

At BustedHalo.com® is an online magazine committed to creating a forum that is: open, informed, unexpected, unpredictable, balanced and thought-provoking. Founded by the Paulist Fathers in 2000, BustedHalo.com approaches the conversation about culture and faith in ways no one else does, favoring a rich and nuanced dialog over one-dimensional debates.

 

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12:30PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Fatoumata, from Senegal,say ,her daughters will have to go through FGM,so what?The women in Senegal and other countries of sub-Sahara always had to go through FGM. this has been happening for the last 1400 years or so. mostly among the muslims and very few African tribes. Fatoumata, has six children and she is a muslim,which most Senegal's are. You American have to be aware of this. In 1974 Algerian President Houri Boumediene ,the man who ousted Ben Bella ,three years after Algerian Independence,spoke before the General Assembly of the UN and without circumlocutions he said " One day millions of men will leave the Southern hemisphere of this planet to burst into the Northern one. But NOT as friends,because they will burst into conquer, and they will conquer by populating it will their children.Victory will come to us from the wombs of our women" That's what is exactly happening to the West despite the warning so many years ago. www.blip.tv/file/1382254 and recently Libyan President say ,Muslims don't need gun and suicide bombers,all the muslims need to do is get into Europe and keep populating till muslims out number indigenous people. Go to YouTube and type in " muslim demography" and listen to it. If NO steps are take to halt the influx of immigrants from third world ,especially muslim countries ,US and Europe are DOOMED within one century or so. www.thereligionofpeace.com
robert p, good comments.

8:05PM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

barbara hunanitarian ways got us into this mess it wont fix it now, its not about hate once again, yes we are angry, have every right to be. the laws need to be followed again these people are criminals. hunamity begins at home. this is lost in this country , we need to gain it back us first then others. the government works for us, they forget that.

2:18AM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

I do not have all the answers but it is very easy to see we need to stop hating and fighting each other. We need to tackle this issue for what it is. It is a humanitarian issue. Of course like anywhere in the world we have criminals coming, we have people running here just to try and stay alive and all reason in-between. Just like any issue it is very dangerous to lump everyone together and treat each case with one broad brush. If we as US citizens can stop fighting each other and start to talk about each case as an individual case. Some people came here for valid, life saving reasons. Some did not. If we would stop the illegal wars, bring our military and money home, we would have more funds to work with on this issue in a human way. If we would stop giving the best tax breaks to corrupt contractors and big business we would have the funds to work on fixing our own country. Responsibly solving of immigration being one of the issues. Having American big business contribute to building new industry and research here at home rather then take the tax breaks you and I do not get to build over sea's out of greed. They could help resolve this issue also. We all need to come to the table without the anger and hate. We need to see this as a world humanitarian problem that it is and work from there.

4:14AM PDT on Jun 4, 2010

In response to Robert P, there is nothing simple or plain about immigration. It is a complex and difficult situation. The "criminals" you are talking about are human beings . . . fathers, mothers, grandparents, children, babies. Only a small percentage of those in this country illegally are "criminals". Most are just trying to survive and make a better life for themselves and their families. What is so different between that and what we saw many years ago when Europeans poured into Ellis Island, seeking a second chance at life. We called that legal. Today we call it illegal. Why?
it is not illegal, what is with you???
there is still legal immigration we just dont use ellis island any more, and why was it on an island, so those we would not except could not run. history dude history.
this is a simple issue, drug dealers dont go home cause they have families. their criminals, understand they are human but, criminals none the less. they have no rights but a ride home to the border. this not about hate before you go there next it is about right and wrong, enforcing our laws and putting our citizens before illegal criminals.
i and many others wouldn't disagree about me being one up on patriotism over you for serving. tell that to our guys serving now and see where that one gets you. your a piece of work. now i used the word CRIMINALS ENOUGH have you got the POINT yet. at least you didn't play the race card. yet???

3:55AM PDT on Jun 4, 2010

NICKY M. gettit right we dont want illegal immigrants, legal come on in. stop clouding the issue

2:23PM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

Thank you. I am grateful for these videos that show the real people in need behind the headlines as you say. We have so much--even given our present predicaments and job losses. It is a good thing to share with each others, and stories are, perhaps, the best thing of all to share after the chance of working and surviving.

11:08AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

To Robert P: I thank you for your service, but being a veteran does not make you more patriotic than one who never served. I fight for my country as well, with my words and actions.

11:02AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

In response to Robert P, there is nothing simple or plain about immigration. It is a complex and difficult situation. The "criminals" you are talking about are human beings . . . fathers, mothers, grandparents, children, babies. Only a small percentage of those in this country illegally are "criminals". Most are just trying to survive and make a better life for themselves and their families. What is so different between that and what we saw many years ago when Europeans poured into Ellis Island, seeking a second chance at life. We called that legal. Today we call it illegal. Why?

10:53AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

Interesting approach. Somewhat refreshing.

8:08AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

it's SO easy to HATE the poorest people amoung us and BLAME them because times are hard and to make youself feel SUPERIOR to them by labeling them criminals when really it's the US way of doing business that takes jobs away from Americans and gives them to non-Americans (often in their own countries. It's the US way of doing business (profit,profit,profit over everything else) that keeps good healthcare unaffordable for most people, not pregant immigrants. The US exports so much violence how can we expect it not to come back around? The US wants to police the world but cannot control its border against people who WALK across it. hmm, how can that be? Doesn't the US supposedly have the best military in the world?? Maybe if you stopped HATING and BLAMING and feeling SUPERIOR you would see a BIGGER picture.

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