Busted Halo
August 1st, 2009

Busted Borders: Prerna (Fiji)

Video 1 - "How are you not part of your family?"


A Fijian student, who was applying for residential paperwork, became the only undocumented member of her family.

With the help of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, BustedHalo.com began covering the issue of immigration in a unique way. Instead of contributing to the glut of coverage about immigration, BustedHalo is featuring stories by immigrants themselves about the issue. We distributed Flip video cameras to undocumented individuals and agencies across the country and asked them to start video blogging for a period of at least three months.

Busted Borders is an attempt to use the web’s unfiltered nature to move the immigration debate away from abstractions and statistics. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, we hope to give a personal glimpse into the humanity of these strangers in our midst. For reasons of safety, some of the participants have opted to keep their last names and locations secret.

Busted Borders is an ongoing project and we are still in its early stages. If you or someone you know is interested in participating please contact us at borders@bustedhalo.com.

Busted Borders Producer: Bill McGarvey; Project coordinator: Mirlande Jeanlouis.

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  • Daniel

    Thanks for this new video series. It helps to shine a light on illegal immigrants and how no one should judge anyone.

  • Jonathan

    really really appreciate and like this video series… brings a face (and a heart) to the issue.

  • Matt Kuenning

    Thanks for making this available. I hope it helps improve the debate. I’m not optimistic, but I hope it does.

  • Joyce Donahue

    Thank you for doing this. I have young adult Catholic friends who are so against illegal immigrants receiving health care. They need to “meet” some of these people they are judging.

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