Undocumented Immigration Scene Analysis

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The Back of a Nonexistent Line
In the film Documented and The New York Times article “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” Jose Antonio Vargas describes his experience as an undocumented immigrant in the United States and provides a passionate argument for creating a pathway to citizenship for others like Vargas, who are undocumented as well. Although both the film and article give the viewers and readers an insight into Vargas’ difficult journey, a particular scene in the film sends an unspoken message about the United States as a whole. In Documented, the scene in which Jose Antonio Vargas attends a Mitt Romney campaign rally is detrimental to the immigration debate because it demonstrates the need for Americans to be educated about undocumented immigrants and the difficult process of becoming “legal” in the United States. Without this knowledge, it is easy for Americans to dehumanize undocumented immigrants and believe false propaganda against them. The particular scene that is of importance to the immigration debate begins with a journalist asking Romney if he had a plan that could assist the “honest illegal immigrants” in America instead of just “rounding them up” and deporting them. Mitt Romney then responds with, “Those who have come here illegally, go back home and get in line with everybody else...They start at the back of the line, not at the front of the line.” At the end of Romney’s speech, Vargas interacts with people who do not seem to understand why Vargas
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