Independent filmmaker Lauren Southern has produced a second documentary about mass migration, this one about Mexico and the United States rather than Europe. As with her previous film, Borderless, it shows that current influx enriches a few at the expense of everyone else.
Although this is clearly a very important subject for whites, Mrs. Southern never puts the problem in racial terms, though she covers it more honestly than the mainstream media. Her documentary footage is impressive, including interviews with criminal people-smugglers. Nothing appears cherry-picked; the video seems to be an honest attempt to show what migration across our southern border is really like.
American Mirage follows illegal immigrants from Latin America into Mexico and the United States. It begins with a reading of Edgar Allen Poeâ€™s Eldorado, about the failed search for a land of great riches. As Mrs. Southern notes, the US has often been seen as a land of opportunity for foreigners, even though it can hardly take care of many of its own people.
There are now more migrants waiting to enter the United States than there have been for more than 20 years. Many are not from Mexico, but from further south. They enter Mexico illegally by crossing the Suchiate River between Guatemala and the southern state of Chiapas, and Mrs. Southern interviews a man who ferries them across. He estimates that he carries 40 people a day,