Rebecca Cammisa's Documentary, Which Way Home

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I have heard fascinating stories about vans and cars full of Mexicans being pulled over, taken to the border police and deported back to their residence as they attempt to cross the border. Some of them are lucky enough to make it through their journey while some lose their lives. Every year many people try to enter illegally in the United States to get success in their life, to get a better job and sometimes to get united with their families. There is no doubt that the journey of crossing the border is very dangerous and sometimes life threatening. It is understandable when adults are trying to risk their life in search of a better life but when minors take the same attempt and risk their life what are we supposed to do as parents or family? In the film Which Way Home director Rebecca Cammisa shows the journey that many unaccompanied minors attempt with the hope of migrating across the Mexican-U.S. border for a better life is actually a potentially fatal passage. “Each year, the Border Patrol apprehends 100,000 children try to enter the US” (Which Way Home). By showing different consequences of crossing border Cammisa tries to create awareness among parents and even in the children. Parents should not give permission to their children to cross the border and children who have no parents also should not try to cross it. Through her documentary, she tries to educate teenagers and their parents about the risks and dangers of crossing the border illegally. In the documentary Cammisa shows that there are people who know about the possible consequences, but still ignore it, and at the end they regret of taking such an attempt. Through her documentary Cammisa also warns them not to make such decisions because at the end they are not going to win anything. Rebecca Cammisa’s argument that parents should not allow their unaccompanied children to cross border is effective because the journey of crossing the border is very tough that most of them cannot make it through the whole journey, which makes them frustrated in the future; some of them face the death; and if someone is lucky enough to make it through, at one point they realize that what they pay to reach and what they have to pay to survive in United States in not actually worth the risk.
Cammisa’s argument that parents should not allow their children to cross the border is effective because the journey of crossing border is very risky, and they have to face different obstacles. She shows her authority, by mentioning that every year thousands and millions of people from different places take attempts to cross the border, and try to come to United States in search of a better life. Karen Kenny the author of the book Illegal Immigration mentions that, “In October 2008, the illegal immigrant population stood at 11.9 million according to the Pew Hispanic Center" (Kenney 35). Among the thousands of dreamers there are children as young as nine years, who come out from their home with a hope;...

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