Rational Middle: Immigration Documentary Series
Rational Middle: Immigration Documentary Series

Rethinking the Conversation about Immigration in America

Extremes on both ends of the political spectrum have fueled a firestorm which has led to the spread of misinformation, stoked division, and slowed progress on finding a modern solution for immigration. We have strayed far from the path of understanding the economic and moral arguments and all recent attempts to fix the broken system have failed.

Watch the first season of ten short documentary films featuring experts from National Immigration Forum, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Bipartisan Policy Center, the Mexico Center, New American Economy, CATO Institute, Americans for Prosperity, and many more as we explore how to solve immigration challenge and remake our economy while protecting American values, workers, and families.

Rethinking the Conversation about Immigration in America

Extremes on both ends of the political spectrum have fueled a firestorm which has led to the spread of misinformation, stoked division, and slowed progress on finding a modern solution for immigration. We have strayed far from the path of understanding the economic and moral arguments and all recent attempts to fix the broken system have failed.

Watch the first season of ten short documentary films featuring experts from National Immigration Forum, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Bipartisan Policy Center, the Mexico Center, New American Economy, CATO Institute, Americans for Prosperity, and many more as we explore how to solve immigration challenge and remake our economy while protecting American values, workers, and families.

Watch Season One

Finding the Rational Middle of Immigration

Take a look into the backstory of how this series came to be and what the driving purpose and vision are for the discussion about the past and present state of immigration in America.

Episode 1: The Immigrant’s Promise

Immigration has become a hot-button topic. Histrionics have ruled the day and started a firestorm of debate on the issue which has led to misinformation. We explore the role  immigration plays in our country’s history, how it shaped our identity and economy as a young country, and how it become a legal issue.

Episode 2: The Burden of a Broken Immigration System

There are many ways to quantify the costs and benefits of undocumented immigrants’ burden on communities and the country but rarely do conversations include the price of enforcement which winds up costing us in unexpected ways.

Episode 3: Immigration’s Crossroad – Rebuilding After Hurricane Harvey

Following Hurricane Harvey in September 2017, Houston finds itself in the grips of a housing crisis with not enough legal workers to rebuild a broken city, despite having a population of nearly 500,000 undocumented immigrants.

Episode 4: The Wall – America’s Line in the Sand

Keeping America safe is key to a high quality of life. In this episode, we explore what a physical barrier on the southern border does and doesn’t provide in the endeavor complete that mission.

Episode 5: Protecting American Jobs

Stability in employment is a concern for many Americans. The stability and growth of the American economy requires the ability to track and respond to worker availability and consumer demand. How does undocumented immigration impact the job market?

Episode 6: Coming to America – Lines & Limitations

What does it take to immigrate to the United States? Who is eligible, what are the procedures and requirements, and how long does it take? This episode explores the challenging path to immigrate to America.

Episode 7: Understanding H-1B: America’s Skilled Worker Visa

In the immigration debate of recent years, the focus has been squarely landed on bringing people to America who have high skills and education. We explore the history of the high skill visa and the challenges it faces going forward.

Episode 8: DACA and the American Dream

Hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” have come out of the shadows using DACA. Now the economic benefit of the program, as well as the trust dreamers have placed in us as a country, is at stake.

Episode 9: Out of the Shadows: Undocumented in America

How can we address the lives of millions of people living in the United States who entered without inspection?

Episode 10: The Golden Door: America’s Way Forward

What does comprehensive immigration reform look like and how can we achieve a fair resolution for Americans and immigrants?