Living Undocumented Season 1, Episode 4, “The Crossing” gives insight into seeking asylum and the introduced term “Anchor Baby” by the Trump administration.
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Episode 4 introduces us to a new family — the Dunoyer’s. Their story is tragic in that if they were deported back to Colombia, their family is highly likely to be killed. Before they left Colombia, they had decent jobs within government; however, the Guerillas demanded money from the father’s office. After he asked for a project proposal to fund the money, the Guerillas insisted he gave them money, but he refused.
They sought asylum, but it was denied due to the immigration office at the time not believing their story, despite letters from the Guerillas threatening to dismember the entire family. Any day the mother of the family may receive a call requesting that they will be deported, despite buying a house and creating a middle-class living in the United States. The son rightly points out to the parents that if they were poor, then they’d be likely deported quicker.
As for Luis, he is reunited with Kenia and Noah after they crossed the border and handed themselves in. Their asylum is pending, so the entire situation could go wrong very quickly. It was lovely seeing them unite, and Luis was able to see his newborn daughter being born.
Episode 4 talks about how Donald Trump introduced the term Anchor Baby, which is a definition for an illegal immigrant that purposefully enters the United States and has a baby to give them leverage to stay — according to the law, that child can grow up and request the United States to give their parents legal status. It’s a term that doesn’t sit comfortably with me, to assume every child born in the United States from an illegal immigrant is doing so on purpose.
Living Undocumented Season 1, Episode 4, “The Crossing” ends with Vinny finally having a check-in with ICE and the nervousness surrounding it. Fortunately, he is asked to check-in again in a year.
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