ABC is set to launch a new reality series in January ’09 with the aim of making Americans "feel good" about the Department of Homeland Security. Rather than revealing the myriad human rights abuses committed by DHS in their day-to-day operations, this show only serves to glamorize DHS and further the misconception that immigrants are criminals. We firmly believe that this show should be taken off the air because of its intentional bias and promotion of intolerance. Here’s a description of the first episode:
The premiere episode, “This is Your Car on Drugs,” takes viewers inside some of the busiest international entry points to the U.S. At Los Angeles International Airport, a voluptuous 20-year-old woman arrives from Switzerland with no working papers but a suitcase full of titillating surprises! In the Pacific Northwest, at the Blaine, Washington border crossing, smugglers attempt to foil DHS canines by packing narcotics in baby diapers. Along the border between the U.S. and Mexico in the scorching heat of the desert outside of Tucson, Border Patrol agents race the clock to find six undocumented immigrants lost in the barren wilderness. In one of the most dramatic stories at the San Ysidro, California border crossing, a fake license plate tips a border officer off to a life-threatening situation. Meanwhile, there are some unusual illegal items intercepted at the International Mail Center in Carson, California, including a “delicacy” officers are shocked to discover is actually barbecued bats. New York Times.
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