This video nicely encapsulates the multiple strands of illegality that converge on the issue of undocumented workers. 700 people arrested and detained for working illegally and having used false identity papers; at the same time, the meatpacking company for which they work is being investigated for violation of health and safety laws, child labor violations, allegations of sexual harassment, and for withholding pay from their workers (who, being undocumented, have no legal standing to sue for withheld wages). If you’ve read Fast Food Nation the story of the meatpacking plant conditions will be familiar.
Joseph Campbell’s famous stages of the monomyth have been the outline for countless heroic narratives, including Star Wars and the Matrix.
Below, a link to a recent story in the NY Times Magazine by Pulitizer Prize winning journalist Antonio Vargas who “came out” as illegal last week. One has to wonder if Vargas risks detention and deportation into the private prison system as a result of this confession. The comments on this article (most, sympathetic, but a few, revealingly xenophobic) are also worth browsing: