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Description

The immigration debate in the USA. The Minutemen are an activist organisation started in 2004 by a group of private individuals in the United States, to monitor the flow of illegal immigrants across the United States and Mexico borders. Gary Cole from the group talks about the work they do.
Intermediate/Higher Modern Studies
This clip is from:
Intermediate/Higher Modern Studies, International Issues – the USA
First broadcast:
17 October 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used to discuss the perceived impacts of illegal immigration from Mexico to the USA and how the flow of illegal immigrants can be reduced. There is an apparent unfairness which irritates a group of US citizens and fosters resentment. As a result they have formed a 'monitoring group' called the Minutemen. Students could consider the implications of this approach on both the political landscape and what is often a blurred line between monitoring and direct action.