A film out this week puts a spotlight on a surprising business that’s starting to attract a lot of attention in Mexico: an illegal immigration “theme park” of sorts, where people can pay a small fee to get a taste of what it’s really like crossing into the U.S. without documentation.
A trailer for the film, titled “La Caminata,” shows immigrant families running through the desert at night as men dressed up like border patrol agents chase them down, but it’s all supposedly just for pretend.
The filmmaker, Stanford documentary film professor Jamie Meltzer, discovered that the immigration tourism business has grown to employ about 100 people, which is roughly equivalent to one-third of the people living in and around the small town of Alberto.
Residents in the city put on the four-hour event once a week, letting anyone who pays $18 participate.
The event is part of a tourism revitalization effort in the town. However, a tour guide insists in the film’s trailer that it’s not meant to encourage illegal immigration.
This video is a trailer for “La Caminata,” published Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
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