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A House Divided

A House Divided
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Most of us agree that U.S. immigration-policy is in dire need of reform, yet the issue seems forever relegated to the background of our national political discourse. In A House Divided, one New Mexican sets out to uncover the root causes of the current political impasse, and what is at stake for the rest of us, here in the Southwest?s only swing-state.

Inspired by an argument with his staunchly conservative father, a local film-student travels throughout the Land of Enchantment seeking a grass-roots education on this matter of pressing national and local concern. Minutemen, ?undocumented? day laborers, a refugee priest, Native American war veterans, a 2010 congressional candidate, as well as interviews from the troubled streets of Ciudad Juarez, all speak to an issue that resonates at the very core of the American identity.

How does a nation at once founded upon the rule of law, and the drive and ingenuity of an immigrant population, reconcile the issue of immigration enforcement and an international community still hungry for a piece of the American dream? Should Lady Liberty revise her famous credo from, ?Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free?, to ?We reserve the right to refuse service??

While considering the implications of his dual-immigrant heritage, as a descendant of both Mayflower Pilgrims and Ellis Island refugees, the film-maker examines the plight of families split in half by our southern border, the motivations of self-appointed border watchdogs, and the curious division of the American people over a topic that courses through almost all of our veins. A House Divided alludes to a moral truth first posed in the Bible, and later by Abraham Lincoln on the issue of slavery; the assertion that a house divided in the service of two masters cannot long stand. It is through this lens that the film will explore the competing interests involved in the current immigration debate.

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