Living Undocumented Season 1 Review: Yes, This Is America In 2019

By Daniel Hart
Published: October 1, 2019 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
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Netflix Series Living Undocumented Season 1


Netflix Series Living Undocumented Season 1 is vitally important, raising awareness of the terror impacting undocumented families in America every day.

Netflix Series Living Undocumented Season 1 details the lives of eight families living under the fear of being deported. We have provided extensive coverage of this docuseries, and you can read the recap of episode 1 by clicking these words.

I don’t need to write this review for you to understand the ramifications born under the policy changes of the Trump administration. It’s well documented in various media streams about the “border crisis” and Trump’s rhetoric on Mexico. We live in unprecedented, magnified times, where a celebrity, engrained in political culture, can decide on immigrants’, refugees’ and asylum seekers’ lives. Recently, in many forms of TV and Film, ICE has been painted as a villainous organization, designed to split families apart.

Living Undocumented is, frankly, important. While we take our Netflix subscription for granted, knowing our families are likely to be in our vicinity tomorrow, for many people living in America, there’s a genuine fear of being systematically deported back to a country they barely even recognize. When Barack Obama granted legal statuses for “dreamers”, he did so in the knowledge that children do not deserve to be punished by circumstance. Donald Trump could not wait to put a choker on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

There is a lot of heat against Trump in the docuseries and rightly so. The cruelty of the “Zero-Tolerance” policy has generated those images of thousands of children separated from their families at the border. Living Undocumented rarely gives hope, but it does raise awareness, which is equally as crucial in the politically-skewed world we are living in right now.

Living Undocumented is not just about ICE. It case studies eight families and their varying circumstances in how they ended up in America without legal status. There’s a common trend that is highlighted in the documentary series that I sense needs hitting home more — people do not cross borders to other countries because they deem it to be fun. The Netflix series ensures that the message is drilled into the audience in each chapter.

There are disturbing moments in Living Undocumented that I wish I did not have to witness. It’s not the spectacle of it that is disturbing; it’s that genuine anxiety that families are facing every day that hangs on by a dear thread and soaks through each episode. We are introduced to teenagers who have never stepped foot in Colombia, who face the risk of being sent to that country and face the prospect of being murdered due to their association with their oppressed father. Living Undocumented presents brave people, surfacing their faces to the world, knowing full well they are putting themselves at risk.

And awareness is the forefront of Living Undocumented. While proud rednecks strain to highlight how proud they are to be born in the USA, we must remind the unevolved that where you were born is purely by chance. You are more likely to be struck by lightning a million times than being born as a human. You could have been a tree. Your mother could have had an extra glass of wine. So this notion that you should be immensely proud by scientific roulette is barbaric nonsense, and a wealth of racist self-entitlement we cannot abide by.

Living Undocumented does a marvelous job in introducing law experts that delve into the regulations of immigrations and the cogs that keep it inhumane. We learn that you can unknowingly be placed on the permanently banned list just by accepting a job and taxing your wages. There are many loopholes for the Immigration Department, but limited access for families stuck in limbo.

Netflix Series Living Undocumented Season 1 is one of the essential docuseries this year. I hope it educates a few more people about the real “border crisis”.

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