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Estimates are that one in thirty people in the US is an illegal immigrant, so this is an issue affecting everyone. However, this film should have more aptly been titled "An Hour and A Half with the Minutemen". There is an obvious pro-US/anti-illegal immigration agenda being promoted, which is hard to disagree with, but providing a one-sided argument does not challenge viewers. This could have been a Minutemen recruiting video if they had included cowboys jumping over walls, belly crawling, smashing pinatas and traversing jungle gyms. Since when has Lou Dobbs been a credible source of information worthy of written quotations? That being said, Border does paint a vivid picture of the negative aspects of illegal immigration, including the strain on public resources, human trafficking, rape trees, littering, harassing ranchers, drug smuggling, and death(including graphic pictures of desiccated corpses). The film already seems dated, as the role of the Minutemen has faded from the national spotlight and the multi-billion dollar border fence is in progress and the film only foretells of the increased violence of Mexican drug traffickers of late. Instead of focusing on patrols, it would have been nice to spend additional time investigating more intelligent solutions, such as the one expert promoting temporary work permits with withholdings paid upon exiting the country. If you have a red, white and blue cowboy hat in your hat collection or a Lou Dobbs tattoo you will love this film, otherwise as a documentary its just ok.
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