Jonathan Garthwaite

Frank George is well-educated on the immigration issue and keeps reminding the family about the consequences of illegal immigration on America’s national security and rule of law. He really drives home the point when the father says he wants to get citizenship so he can hire more people from over the border.

The heavy emotional guns come out when Spurlock focuses on the oldest daughter, who is a straight-A student at the local high school and dreams of going to Princeton. She’s very polite and articulate, plays on the local golf team, and simply wants the American dream. It’s an emotional appeal -- and an effective one -- used by amnesty advocates all the time. The strategy is to shift our attention away from the border and toward the heartbreaking human interest stories around us. That is why principled immigration reformists have insisted on focusing on the border first and addressing the illegal immigrants already here later. Americans are extremely compassionate people—the most generous in the world. They’ll pitch in to help a family in need but they also want to see things change.

Morgan Spurlock understands this, and does an excellent job of putting a human face on the immigration debate. Unfortunately, amnesty is not a stand-alone solution to the immigration problem, but Spurlock is comfortable ignoring that for the purpose of this show.

But Spurlock’s political statements disguised as life-swapping experiments don’t end with this episode. Spurlock isn’t stupid. Over and over, he manages to twist and bend the phenomenon of reality television into his own little political bully pulpit. In last year’s season he used his life-swap template to cover up the hate of the radical Islamic community and expose the homophobia of an ex-military guy. The situations are total setups, and it’s crystal clear that the shows’ outcomes are determined long before the participants begin the social experiment. This is all in an effort to spread Spurlock’s own brand of liberalism.

Season Two of “30 Days” will also showcase an outsourced computer programmer who moves to India to live with the beneficiary of his lost job, an atheist forced to live with evangelical Christians, and a pro-abortion activist who spends thirty days living and working at a crisis pregnancy home. No doubt traditional values will be disparaged and typical Americans living typical lives will be made out to look like close-minded, ignorant fools.

In the season finale, Spurlock himself will see what life behind bars is like when he spends thirty days in county lockup in Richmond, Virginia.

Let’s pray one of his cameramen loses the keys.

UPDATE: A very helpful reader points us to a letter from Frank George correcting the misrepresentation in the show that his views on illegal immigration have softened.

Jonathan Garthwaite

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