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Checkpoint Nation? Building Community Across Borders

Early one morning, Maria—then nine months pregnant—and her family were stopped by the police for no discernible reason. At one of the most intimate moments of her life, Maria found a team of immigration agents—not her husband—by her side. Maria’s chilling story is the centerpiece of this powerful documentary depicting the reality of harsh immigration laws and post-9/11 racial profiling. Set in the U.S./Mexico border area near Tucson, Arizona, a region that sees more and more migrant deaths every year, the video explores the way to move forward by building coalitions among diverse groups including ACLU of ArizonaAlliance for Educational JusticeBlack Alliance for Just ImmigrationDerechos HumanosDRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)Funding Exchange and VAMOS Unidos, complementing a Week of Action centered around the 10th anniversary of September 11th spearheaded by Rights Working GroupWatch “Checkpoint Nation? Building Community Across Borders and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.

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3 Responses to “Checkpoint Nation? Building Community Across Borders”

    Jeffrey Kirk says:

    I have found in my work resettling refugees in my area of Wisconsin that sometimes this unfairness rises its head. That just makes us work harder to help the refugees integrate into our community.

    [...] I traveled to Arizona with Ishita to create Checkpoint Nation, I wrote: It was the first time I had experienced the overwhelming size of the desert sky. The [...]

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