What happens when Mexican “illegal aliens,” hounded by the immigration authorities and vilified in the media, are suddenly transformed into potential U.S. citizens? The answer is illustrated by looking at the lives of my 1986 neighbors. Most people think of immigration as a finite moment; yet as a story it really spans several generations and two nations. The American Tapes (2013) follows the lives of four families who began living in San Diego in the late1970's, all undocumented immigrants, for 30 years. English & Spanish with English subtitles. The Mexican Tapes (1986) featured the same families and was shown on the PBS, BBC, and Televisa networks.

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