Listen: Marco, Broward Transitional Center, Haas discussed on The New Yorker Radio Hour
"The national immigrant youth alliance for help with his father's case and two young activists with that group went on an undercover mission to infiltrate the Broward transitional center, we're row Haas was being held. They pretended to be newly arrived undocumented immigrants, barely speaking English. And they got themselves arrested by ice deliberately they wanted to find out exactly what was going on at the center and reported out to the world and Rojo's himself was eventually released from detention after leading hunger-strike their their story. Those activists and cloudy Aroha. Haas is told in a new film called the infiltrators. Now, it's not exactly a documentary. It's a kind of quasi documentary. And we'll explain that in a second. It showed recently at the Sundance film festival in Austin at south by south west, I talked with the directors Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera early in the morning after their screening and Austin last week. So Alex, the two activists are named Vidana Martinez and Marcus Aventura. These are in a sense to heroes in this in this film. These are the people that are activists and infiltrate these detention centers who who are they sure so Marco and both folks commonly might be referred to as dreamers. Meaning there were brought to this country at a very young age. They were both brought from Mexico Marco from southern Mexico from Oaxaca and video from northern Mexico from Monterey, and they both ended up their families ended up finding opportunity and staying in this country in twenty years later, they're young adults in America, very Americanized, but without papers without social security numbers. And. They turned in their early twenty s to activism realizing that without a social security number. They couldn't get a job there were living in fear of deportation. So this small group that Marco in joy and said, you know, we're going to take big risks to push push for some kind of change, and they were kind of a splinter of this larger dreamer movement. They were the radical fringe kind of the act up of immigration is maybe one way to sort of think about what they were doing the act up of immigration. So an interesting analogy of all the groups of the anti-aids groups act up considered itself, the most radical in some ways in the most attention getting has this group, the national immigrant us aligns succeeded in getting the kind of attention that act up did in its time. I think so it is the the national immigrant us alliance was in this kind of heyday around twenty twelve and they were really the first group to do civil disobedience from the undocumented community again so risking their deportation as a political protest using their body not only to make a political statement. But to kind of create a crisis for the authorities. So they came together. And we're looking for cases, they worked teases for a couple of years and really learn how to navigate the system they learned so much about them the way they immigration system works, and when they found out about this one particular case at Broward transitional center, they saw that there was an opportunity here to to do something bigger. Meaning they they essentially make their way into these detention facilities. How did they get access to them? And what was the risk to themselves? Sure. So this particular action they. Walked up to border patrol stations in Florida and essentially presented themselves that kind of created a dialogue with the border patrol agent in which they seem to accidentally disclosed that they had crossed the border illegally and with the hope of being taken in. And you know, it when they decided they wanted to get taken in by border patrol it actually discovered that it was kind of hard to get detained on purpose. And so well because it's completely bizarre. And the border patrol officials were like what is this? Why are you telling me this go away each of them had to attempt multiple times to to get detained? But they were very determined to beat detained and to go into this Florida detention center. Ten. I.."