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Separated: Children at the Border
Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pmFree
This is a PBS Frontline documentary film about the history of immigration policy under both the Obama and Trump administrations. It focuses on what happened to Central American families whose children were forcibly separated from their parents and other relatives at the border. It seeks to explain how and why we got into this dismal state of affairs. The film explores several cases of child separation and the sad results that followed. In interviews with parents, government officials, activists, and others, the story of what is happening at the southern border is traced. This history highlights important dates and issues, speaks of legal and illegal immigration, repeats myths, and refutes some of the misinformation that surrounds this issue. It humanizes the immigrants and does not neglect the important role that immigration has played in recent politics. Frontline ends the story after Trump signed the Executive Order to lift the Zero Tolerance policy during the summer of 2018. Thus, the most recent events, such as the coming of the caravan and the tear gassing of immigrants are not included in the coverage of events. In the end, the authors leave the problems of immigration and the separation of families at the border up to the American people to decide on what to do. This documentary is valuable in showing the history of relatively recent events on this important subject. It refreshes memory, provides essential information, and is a great prelude to our Saturday program on May 4th, Family Separation at the Border: Its Impact on Pittsburgh, a “Welcoming City”, at 1:30 pm, also at the Pump House.