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New Film Explains How Divisive Rhetoric on Immigration Ignores Role U.S. Policy Played

It’s a refrain that’s all too familiar for America’s working families—anti-worker politicians and special interests use divide-and-conquer strategies in hopes that highlighting our differences will split us apart. 

A new documentary film "Harvest of Empire," opening in select theaters this Friday, examines the inherent contradiction in American policies that have compelled Latino immigrants to migrate to the United States—but at the same time closed the doors to opportunity for aspiring citizens.  

Based on the book Harvest of Empire, by Juan González, the film explores the past and present-day history of Latinos, immigration and how their economic contributions helped build this country.

The film also takes a timely critical look at the politically charged rhetoric that vilifies Latino Americans. A recent report by the National Hispanic Media Coalition found that negative portrayals of Latino Americans and immigrants are pervasive throughout the media.  

With outlets like Fox News hosting guests who tell their viewers that immigrants are coming here to “cut your throat,” it’s no wonder that negative portrayals, outlandish statements and outright lies negatively influence public opinion about Latino Americans.

If you live in New York City or Los Angeles, be sure to check out this compelling film, which opens Sept. 28 for a special one-week screening.

Don’t live near a screening? You can host your own and use it as an opportunity to highlight the need for a common-sense immigration process and the passage of the DREAM Act.  

Learn more about the AFL-CIO’s immigration policy at

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