"They Come to America II: The Cost of Amnesty” is Dennis Michael Lynch’s second documentary about illegal immigration. In it, Lynch covers a lot of ground.
As Lynch worked to get his first immigration documentary, “They Come to America,” seen by people across the country before the Presidential election of 2012, the New York filmmaker also was filming and editing Part II to get it out just as a line in the sand was being drawn: proposed amnesty legislation in the Senate by the Gang of Eight.
So Lynch has been very busy in a compressed timeline. Extremely passionate about the impacts of illegal immigration on our country, he’s taken an uncommon route for a filmmaker by visiting a subject twice. But at this point, it seems Lynch is more hyper-engaged citizen activist than filmmaker (and with bad legislation at the door, the country needs that now more than ever); he just happens to be skilled at using film as the medium.
Having just viewed the film, I have several very clear, and clearly disturbing, takeaways.
First, for all of U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s inane repetitions that our southern border is secure, it ain’t.
Second, for all of his blathering about “jobs Americans won’t do,” Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and all who mouth this insipid line are simply lying.
The filmmaker effectively (and easily) discredits both the Secretary of Homeland Surrender and Graham. Lynch visits a job fair in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and talks to a number of job seekers, many long unemployed, who are anxious for a job – any job. He also spends several days at the U.S. southern border, where he finds vast stretches unsecured, hears stories of the continuing large numbers of illegal border crossers who are coming from all over the world and sees firsthand large groups of people invading the border.
Third, the Obama Administration, with lap dog Napolitano, has effectively tied the hands of ICE agents from doing their jobs and securing our borders.
Fourth, after the deaths of nearly 3,000 people through a coordinated terrorist attack on New York City and Washington, D.C. in which the terrorists gamed our immigration system, our elected officials have abdicated on security, even though – as Lynch points out in the film – the No. 1 job of the president is to keep Americans safe.
I feel Lynch’s frustration. It’s hard to believe that Americans need to learn or see more to demand that our borders be secured and that we have a functioning immigration system with integrity. Besides the information that’s been made available in documentaries from Lynch, there’s Chris Burgard’s “The Border” from 2007 and the 2010 “Southern Exposure.” There’s also a wealth of information on this issue that’s been shared by CAPS and other organizations, including the FAIR, NumbersUSA and Progressives for Immigration Reform.
After watching “They Come to America II,” I think Napolitano, Graham and the rest of the Gang of Eight should be tried as traitors to their country. Watch the film and see what you think.