Rights on The Line: Vigilantes at the Border

Categories: Documentary, Shorts, Politics
3min | 2006
More About Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border from Producer WITNESS

Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border exposes the ugly anti-immigrant politics that lurk behind the Minuteman Project and also illustrates the continuum between official border militarization and vigilante action. Human rights activists and residents of border communities shot this video.

Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border was produced in order to halt the growth of the vigilante movement, as well as prompt a broader discussion around the impact of current U.S. immigration policies. In the aftermath of September 11th, immigration again became a hot button issue. Concerned about inhumane treatment of U.S.-Mexico border crossers, the American Friends Service Committee worked to bring attention to the expanding powers of border law enforcement and increased activity by vigilante groups like the Minuteman Project, seeking to recast the current immigrants' rights debate in the U.S. within a broader human rights framework. As part of this project, AFSC partnered with WITNESS and the ACLU to produce Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border in September 2005.

The film has mobilized migrant communities to join human rights campaigns and prompted hundreds of people to become legal observers in border regions. In Austin, the video helped lead the City Council to unanimously approve a resolution opposing vigilantes and requiring authorities to monitor and report all Minuteman activities back to the council. The video was covered by radio and television networks along the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2006, the video mobilized people in San Eliza Rio, Texas, to make their own film about racial profiling in their community, which was submitted as testimony at the State Capitol in a campaign that led the local sheriff to eliminate traffic checkpoints used to spot undocumented migrants.

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Nicole Saminego
Nicole Saminego
December 7, 2013
A+
Stevon Nutt
Stevon Nutt
May 6, 2013
The only way to protect the boarder when your own government refuses to is to do it yourself. Go to any welfare office in the country and you will discover the reason they are coming. the majority of them are coming here to live off the backs of American taxpayers. Statistics prove I'm right and the propaganda that they are coming here to work is bullsh-t. For everyone that is working there are three on assistance. The fact that they tend to vote Democrat weather they do so legally or not is the only value they hold to anyone.
Marliz Calleja
Marliz Calleja
September 29, 2012
Have any of you very opinionated folk ever thought WHY this phenomena is occurring? WHY people come to America? It has a lot to do with American policies! NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL. http://www.harvestofempiremovie.com/
Camp Taji
Camp Taji
May 7, 2012
How about American Rights? When Calderon allows "undocumented" Costa Ricans to enter the southern border of Mexico we'll talk. The good news is B. Hussain Obama (PBUH) has deported more illeagles than Bush. Keep up the work and we won't tell La Razicts, ACLSueU or Loopy Lac.
Milos Leubner
Milos Leubner
May 7, 2012
Lots of things stinks, like poeple fightning in line for new fashion sneakers , at the ball games , damn movies shaping you understanding of the world - don't shoot those you don't know , you could miss learning something about human being. Close the border without hate and welcome those who come legally.
Edward Doc Mahoney
Edward Doc Mahoney
May 7, 2012
Hey... come into the country legally, and we will welcome you. Come in as illegal aliens (not undocumented immigrants aka successful infiltrators) and you'll find that you are not welcome. Illegal is illegal. Enough of this rather one sided propaganda.
Edward Doc Mahoney
Edward Doc Mahoney
December 17, 2011
The first minute of this sickened me so badly that I wanted to puke. If the federal government refuses to do its job to secure the border, then it is the Constitutional right of the states and its citizens to defend themselves. If it takes vigilantism then so be it. It is the basic inalienable right for every citizen to defend them from blatant lawbreakers and in necessary the government.
Alan Du Brul
Alan Du Brul
December 17, 2011
The bottom line, people, is that if you are not here in this country, legally, you ARE a criminal. The reason you came her, is unimportant. You sneak into this country in violation of the LAW and then want rights granted to you that are reserved for American CITIZENS. See the difference? Citizens are protected by Constitutional Rights. Illegal aliens have NO Constitutional Rights. You are welcome to come to America, just do it the right way. Obey the law, learn OUR culture and join in with the community as a productive member. The reason the Minute Men are coming to the boarder is because Obama's government WON'T DO THEIR JOB and they won't allow the States to, either. And do you know the difference between INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS (as granted by the Constitution) and Human rights? Human rights violate individual rights and support a group of people, usually those that cry the loudest. Thank GOD that our founders knew the difference.
Cheryl Tinner
Cheryl Tinner
December 15, 2011
our rights seem to fall on the wayside when illegal immigration comes into play. I would love free dental and the wads of cash I see in the grocery stores. I am tired of pay taxes to support those that do not contribute and only abuse our system.
Daniel Walsh
Daniel Walsh
December 9, 2011
Are these "undocumented" people supporters documenting the illegal drugs they are carrying across our border to make money for the Mexican cartels? Are the "thousands" who have lost their lives actually the thousands who cross foolishly without food and water, or are they the victims of the drug war on the other side of the border?