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    Oscar nod honors the undocumented

    By Chris Weitz, Special to CNN
    updated 10:29 PM EST, Sat February 25, 2012

    Editor's note: Chris Weitz directed the film "A Better Life" starring Demián Bichir, who is an Oscar nominee for best actor. Weitz also directed "New Moon" and "The Golden Compass." He has filmed four videos on Alabama's immigration law: Is This Alabama?

    (CNN) -- As I ride to the Oscars on my compańero Demián Bichir's coattails this Sunday, I will be mindful of some ironies.

    Will the canapés passed around to the guests arriving in black tie and gowns be served by documented workers? Hard to say.

    Even "respectable" concerns like Wal-mart have used middlemen to enable them to benefit from the lower wages they can pay "illegals" (to use a favorite Republican term).

    Doubtless the ingredients themselves will have been through the hands of undocumented workers -- a fact we should keep in mind when we enjoy the bountiful and cheap harvest of the nation's producers.

    Demián's nomination came for his portrayal of Carlos Galindo, an undocumented worker in our film "A Better Life." But he will not, needless to say, be wearing the work boots and shearling of an immigrant gardener. He will be in the uniform of the Hollywood elite at play and, some would say, in the act of self-congratulation.

    Yet, I think there is something to be congratulated in this case. While I believe the Academy gave Demián a tap on the shoulder for all the right reasons -- mainly the strength of his performance -- there is an effect beyond Hollywood of which it may not be aware.

    I saw it on the front pages of Spanish language newspapers around the country, which greeted Demián's nomination as a stirring validation of the humanity of the character he played and a source of great pride. And I heard it at the screening we did for the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, where 200 hard-working people, some who had traveled at the risk of being apprehended and deported, felt that they had been treated as first-class human beings rather than parasites.

    The battle over immigration reform is fought with numbers, but the ground of the battle is an emotional landscape. Over the past few months we've seen the Republican candidates use undocumented immigrants as a rhetorical punching bag, secure in the knowledge that they can't fight back.

    Why? Because an undocumented immigrant is afraid to draw attention to himself. Although they are, on the whole, tremendously industrious, family-oriented, God-fearing and deeply invested in this country through familial ties, they are living on a razor's edge. The edge is, if anything, made sharper by draconian and politically self-serving laws like Alabama's HB56 and its cousins in Arizona and Georgia.

    Alabama's HB56 made it illegal not only to work without documentation, but to give a ride to someone without documentation. Or, as one farmer put it, "The state of Alabama is telling me who my friends can be."

    Leaving aside the fact that the law has been disastrous for the state's economy and reputation -- fruits are rotting unpicked in the fields and the bad old days of segregation have been evoked -- it's just plain indecent. This, more than any facts or figures, will be where the law runs aground, when people understand the story of the undocumented immigrant in the United States.

    The Pilgrims did not have papers. They arrived and made their way. And my grandparents came from Mexico, Germany and Czechoslovakia to make a better life for my family.

    And when the camera turns to Demián, nominated for an Oscar up there with Brad Pitt and George Clooney, hundreds of millions of people worldwide will see a foreign-born worker making his way, through all the barriers of language and racial preference, in this amazing country.

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    Doubtless the ingredients themselves will have been through the hands of undocumented workers -- a fact we should keep in mind when we enjoy the bountiful and cheap harvest of the nation's producers.
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    This line of amnesty propaganda is straight out of the LaRaza, Farm Bureau, Cattle Association, Builder's Association, Rotary Club talking points.

    If these entities get their way in the congress, senate, and USSC they will alter the destiny of the United States forever, sucking Mexico and it's 3rd-World culture and economy onto every street in America.
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    "Leaving aside the fact that the law has been disastrous for the state's economy and reputation -- fruits are rotting unpicked in the fields..."

    Oh please, how many millions of illegals are needed to pick fruit?

    "Although they are, on the whole, tremendously industrious, family-oriented, God-fearing and deeply invested in this country..."


    Really? What about the thousands of illegals who have killed and maimed our citizens? What about all the thieves who have stolen identities and are milking the system for all it's worth? What about the millions of jobs they take that displace the citizens? We're supposed to have sympathy for illegals? Really?
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    Exactly!! Not only do the fruit fields NOT need 11MIL ILLEGALS, but they DON'T leave after fruit season, They STAY and commit Crimes, Steal Identites to get other jobs etc! "Invested in THIS country"? NO, oh wait..They are SOOO invested that they Portest EVERY chance they get when faced with Consequenses for Criminal choices they made, They were So "Invested" in Stealing my 5 yr olds Identity...Yes, they are "Invested"...In Ruining the USA, Protesting Against Americans and Identity Theft!
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    "Leaving aside the fact that the law has been disastrous for the state's economy and reputation -- fruits are rotting unpicked in the fields..."

    Oh please, how many millions of illegals are needed to pick fruit?

    "Although they are, on the whole, tremendously industrious, family-oriented, God-fearing and deeply invested in this country..."


    Really? What about the thousands of illegals who have killed and maimed our citizens? What about all the thieves who have stolen identities and are milking the system for all it's worth? What about the millions of jobs they take that displace the citizens? We're supposed to have sympathy for illegals? Really?
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    The battle over immigration reform is fought with numbers
    But hey with these people it is the numbers, the money numbers that do the talking, along with the illegal drugs that the majority of them use... My opinion of course!!!!!

    Oscar nod honors the undocumented
    Here we go again.....What part of illegal do they not understand...oh I get it the whole thing...again all together now "illegal is illegal and nothing makes it legal"
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    The Pilgrims did not have papers. They arrived and made their way.
    This statement is hogwash. As a Mayflower descendent I have studied the history of my ancestors. They did have papers and they had to live by very strict rules or they did not survive. Law and rules were very harsh and if they did not obey they were fined or inprisoned. I have read documents and stories of my ancestors and have been amazed at acually how little freedom and liberaties they actually had. No Mr. Weitz the lifes of illegal immigrants is a walk in the park compared to what the Pilgrims endured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontereySherry View Post
    This statement is hogwash. As a Mayflower descendent I have studied the history of my ancestors. They did have papers and they had to live by very strict rules or they did not survive. Law and rules were very harsh and if they did not obey they were fined or inprisoned. I have read documents and stories of my ancestors and have been amazed at acually how little freedom and liberaties they actually had. No Mr. Weitz the lifes of illegal immigrants is a walk in the park compared to what the Pilgrims endured.
    They either worked and lived or died, here were no welfare payments for having babies, free food, or free housing. If they couldn't afford a place to live they didn't have one, if they couldn't afford or find food, they starved.

    This is no more than limosine liberals in Hollywood trying to shape national sentiment through film propaganda. . Since they are a huge source of money for the current administration and its policies, this is not surprising.
    Hollywood Money Figures Heavily in President Obama's Reelection Campaign

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    During the "Great Migration" of the late 1800's, early 1900's fully 1/3 of those entering at Ellis Island were turned back. 50% of those that were allowed to enter the US left of there own accord within 2 years because it was a struggle to survive here then.
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