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The Migrant Trail: Walk a mile in their shoes

Illegal immigrants. Beheadings. Drug trafficking in the desert. Gang violence in Mexico. SB1070. Yada, yada, yada…

Rightly or wrongly, Arizona’s SB1070 pushed immigration and border issues to the forefront in this election season.

Misinformation about immigration and the border abounds. For people who want to know more about migrants, gangs, the drug trade, and how it all relates to Americans, I suggest these movies:

El Norte

Sin Nombre

Maria Full of Grace


Plan Columbia

Watch these and then tell me who the real victims are. I’ll give you a hint: It’s related to poverty… on both sides of the border.

2 comments on “The Migrant Trail: Walk a mile in their shoes

  1. Jim Hannley
    September 16, 2010

    >I love your list of films. These educate the viewer on this complex topic. One I have seen is "Traffic" which is an American version of the excellent BBC production.


  2. Pamela Jai Powers
    September 17, 2010

    >Plan Columbia is a US film also, but all of the others were produced south of the border, I believe.


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This entry was posted on September 15, 2010 by in 2010 elections, Arizona, Immigration, Jan Brewer.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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