Monday, July 07, 2014
US Customs produces "Dangers Awareness Campaign" video to discourage "Unaccompanied Minors"
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reportedly produced a video in Spanish called “Dangers Awareness Campaign”, intended for families in Central America to see to discourage unaccompanied minors from trying to travel north to the US, which some families believe will take them.
I could not find this video online on YouTube yet. The best page with their information seems to be at this link. I found a close approximation, a ten-minute report by PBS News Hour, “Why So Many Immigrant Kids Are Coming to the US Alone”
I felt that this was the most objective news report (free of political or social moralizing) that I could find. The film reports that kids often ride on the tops of boxcars or flat cars on Mexican freight trains and sometimes fall off to their deaths. The film explains the steps that happens once they are picked up by Border Patrol, mostly in the Rio Grande area between Laredo and Brownsville, TX. There is a period where the kids are under a “sponsor”. I don’t know if a “sponsor” can be an individual, a family, or particularly a faith-based group (which sounds likely, especially Catholic). Curiously, if so, that provides a small plot-hook to an early episode in one of my own novel manuscripts.
There is a 2006 comedy film called “Unaccompanied Minors.”