The film focuses on the human and financial costs of illegal immigration. We filmed over the span of 14-months (Oct 2010 – Nov 2011) and journeyed through many states including but not limited to Arizona, Illinois, Florida, DC, New York and Colorado. The debates, events, people, and places we captured on film is simply amazing. When it comes to the topic of illegal immigration, this is a first-of-its-kind film.
From day one we faced lines of resistance. The first line came from politicians. Members from both sides of the aisle avoided answering tough questions. When we said their rhetoric was unacceptable, they ran from us, literally. We captured it all on film.
The second line came from civil liberty groups who support illegal immigrants. We worked endlessly to get the ACLU and other groups like them to appear on camera. We told them our questions would be tough, but fair. Everyone turned us down. We finally had an organization, Americans for Immigrant Justice, accept our request for an interview. We traveled 1,300 miles to their office only to be turned away when we arrived. We captured it all on film. (Eventually, we found a DC lobbyist and immigration attorney. I appreciate their guts).
Then there was the Border Patrol. We were constantly stopped by BP Agents when they saw us filming in areas where illegal crossings take place. At first, we figured it was a security measure. But the interrogations continued long after it was determined we were not terrorists or members of a drug cartel. I was forced to speak with a BP Supervisor who demanded more details. ”The film is about illegal immigration”, I said. ”I need more specifics.”, demanded the Supervisor. We captured the conversation on film.
They Come to America is anything but politically correct. There is no slant to the left or right.