Between Life & Death

Between Life and Death


Glassbreaker Films from the Center for Investigative Reporting


Length: 8.44 min

“We already have a wall. And wherever we don’t have a wall, we have desert littered with skeletal remains from those trying to cross.” This mini-documentary profiles the growing humanitarian crisis of migrant deaths along the Southern border and presents two opposing views on the potential impact of Trump’s proposed border wall from residents who live at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.

From the website:

President Donald Trump’s promise of a border wall has sparked wildly different reactions across the country. In southern Arizona, where long stretches of desert and extreme heat have killed thousands of migrants, water is the common ground between pro-immigrant activists and a rancher who backs the wall. Ahl Tamar and Katherine B. are volunteers with the humanitarian organization No More Deaths. They leave jugs of water on trails where migrants are known to travel. Both say they fear that a border wall would not deter people from attempting to cross, and only push them to more dangerous routes. Meanwhile, Jim Chilton, a rancher in the area, has given water to desperate migrants who’ve traversed his property after crossing the border. But Chilton says he supports Trump’s border wall because he is frustrated that people die on his property and believes a wall would prevent future tragedies.