Borderless: The Lives of Undocumented Workers

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Borderless: The Lives of Undocumented Workers (27:00)
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How much do American and Canadian citizens really understand about the personal, social, and economic struggles of undocumented workers? This program deepens that understanding, providing an intimate look inside the lives of two non-status migrant laborers. Geraldo, a Costa Rican construction worker, and Angela, a Caribbean domestic employee, describe their experiences with labor exploitation and restrictive immigration laws, as well as their separation from children and family—poignantly conveyed through telephone calls home. Humanizing an often invisible workforce, the program exposes some of the hidden costs of sustaining the “first world” economy. (27 minutes)

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Segments in this Video - (5)

1. Crossing Borders for Survival (06:12)
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Many undocumented domestic workers work long hours for low pay, without benefits or overtime. Undocumented workers come to developed countries and do whatever they can in order to make money to send to their families back home.

2. Undocumented Manual Laborers Rewarded With Deportation (03:48)

A quarter of Canada's construction workers are undocumented workers, mostly from Latin American countries whose economies have collapsed. Illegal workers get paid less than half of what Canadian constructions workers make.

3. Family Legacy of Domestic Work (05:59)

Undocumented workers pack barrels full of essential food supplies and other goods to their families in their native countries. One domestic worker came to Canada to work for the same family that her mother worked for all her life.

4. Rising Medical Expenses Keep Costa Rican Family Apart (04:20)

A Costa Rican construction worker must continue working in Canada in order to send money home to help care for his son with leukemia. As an illegal worker he has no access to medical care for himself in Canada.

5. Parents and Children Living in Separate Countries (04:27)

Due to the inability to gain legal status in Canada, migrants who cross borders in order to survive become modern outlaws and remain separated from family members left behind in their homeland.

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