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Exile Nation: The Plastic People (2014)

Based on the work of Chris Bava and Jorge Nieto. The Plastic People follows US deportees in Tijuana as they struggle to survive a Cartel war zone, living in cardboard shacks and sewer pipes, creating an ever expanding underworld of exiles.

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The September 11th attacks began a decade-long period of anti-immigrant policies in the United States. As a consequence, the US began the mass-deportation of "non-citizens." Current estimates are between 4 to 6 million. Those hit hardest by these new policies were Latinos, primarily Mexicans, who make up 97% of those deported. They return to a country with a devastated economy in the midst of a cartel war. Stripped of all identification they are considered "illegal" in Mexico too, and as a consequence, unemployable...and criminal. Disavowed by both nations, they struggle to survive in a Hellish limbo along the border, separated from everyone and everything they know. At a rate of 400 a day, Tijuana is where most end up. The Plastic People is a film about those who left Mexico years before to build a new life in the States, had families, and contributed to their communities, yet still had not achieved citizenship. Children were taken from parents, leaving tens of thousands as wards of ... Written by Charles Shaw

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Sorry your Illegal drug using Felons are having a bad time
8 March 2015 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

The real reality is life is hard for those that fall down. I so wish (and perhaps we all could help be apart of a better solution in the near future) that there was a place for "good" people that could find a new start. But Your show was so lame to point out people that continue to make bad choices and that we should feel guilt over it. F* U and your stupid Libby show. And to blame America for it... "oh" I didn't do my paper work, I don't know way I was sent out of the country. The fact is that it is harder to get into Mexico and stay than it is the USA.. On top of that Mexico does not cater with benefits as the USA does. I am not a better person after watching that. You all need to move to a different country if that is what you think and feel. Bet I am a "Spoiler."


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