Sunday, November 14, 2010
Tomorrow: "Life And Death On The Border" premieres on Current TV
Current TV's “Vanguard” is airing a new three-week mini-season about issues surrounding the Mexican border, particularly on U.S. immigration and illegal drugs, entitled "War on the Border."
The premiere episode, "Life And Death On The Border" airs tomorrow, Monday, November 15 at 9/8c on Current TV. In it Vanguard correspondent Christof Putzel travels to the U.S./Mexico border to investigate unauthorized immigration from a first-hand perspective.
He meets with "coyotes," the hired smugglers who cross migrants without authorization in to the U.S. for a fee. In the process Putzel reportedly learns the methods immigrants use to evade border patrol and the dangers they face on the journey. Arrest and deportation are inherent risks, but the lack of water and scorching temperatures of the desert crossing are far more deadly, as regular readers of this blog are aware.
Those migrants who do make it safely across the border face tightening immigration laws and an increasingly hostile public. Putzel ultimately crosses the border with a migrant and coyote.
The trailer above is a preview of the first night. For more info, here's a link to the show's internet site:
Adam Yamaguchi and Putzel reportedly have some incredible stories to share the next three weeks. I'm curious to catch the tone of this show. Will it exploit the border situation? [Entitling the series "War on the Border" raises the prospect of sensationalization from my perspective.]
But I'm on the road currently, headed to the border myself. I don't watch much television at all even under normal conditions, so I'm not an authority on this and can't take questions. I'm not even sure I'll be able to see the show myself. If you see this program or others in the series, let me know what you thought of it.