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Illegal Immigration Doc to Premiere at Guild Hall

East Hampton filmmaker chooses venue close to home to show "They Come To America" for the first time.

"," a documentary that takes a nonpartisan look at the human and financial cost of illegal immigration, will have its big screen debut at in East Hampton on March 31.

East Hampton filmmaker and director said his distributor urged him to open his second film in New York City or Los Angeles, but he insisted on a venue closer to home, where one-third of the film was film was shot.

John Roland, a former television anchor with Fox 5 New York and longtime Westhampton Beach resident who helped Lynch in some of the interviews for the film, will host a Q&A session afterwards with Lynch. The film starts at 7:45 p.m.

"I'm a little nervous about showing the film in my hometown because illegal immigration sparks its fair share of heavy emotion and opinion," Lynch said.  "But regardless of peoples' differences, I think everyone agrees the issue can no longer be ignored. And so I'm hopeful the film can play it's roll in forcing D.C. to address the situation." 

Lynch said he was recently contacted by a staff member at the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration who asked to see the film. "She was impressed, and is now trying to get the film and me in front of members of Congress," he said.

The film takes viewers to the U.S.-Mexico border where he and his crew slept in the desert for three days dodging cartels that run human and drug trafficking operations. "I wanted to see how open our borders are," Lynch told Patch. "They are really open."

His first film, "King of the Hamptons," sold out at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2010 twice. "King" is being digitally released on May 9 and those in attendance for "They Come to America" will have first chance to buy the DVD for $10.

Lynch said every dollar from the DVD, and a portion of the ticket sales, will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the name of the late Katherin Penati, of East Hampton, a friend who died last year.

Tickets for the film premiere in East Hampton are on sale at on the film website for $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door, if available.

Next month, the film will be shown in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Durango, CO, and the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival in South Carolina.

Buzz Mills March 29, 2012 at 06:37 AM
UNITED STATES BORDER (Source DHS/CBP) FY -- Apprehends - BP Agents - Ratio.....Est. Catch Rate 1987--1,190,488-----3,181-----374.2.........1 out of 7 1988--1,008,145-----3,766-----267.7 1989----954,243-----3,783-----252.2 1990--1,169,939-----3,715-----314.9 1991--1,197,875-----3,635-----329.5 1992--1,258,482-----4,026-----312.6 1993--1,327,259-----3,965-----334.7 1994--1,094,717-----4,217-----259.6 1995--1,394,554-----4,786-----291.4 1996--1,649,986-----5,863-----281.4 1997--1,412,953-----6,817-----207.3 1998--1,555,776-----7,890-----197.2 1999--1,579,010-----8,259-----191.9 2000--1,676,438-----9,212---- 182.0.........1 out of 6 2001--1,266,213-----9,821---- 128.9 2002----955,310----10,045------95.1 2003----931,557----10,717------86.9 2004--1,160,395----10,819---- 107.2 2005--1,189,075----11,264---- 105.6 2006--1,089,902----12,349------88.3 2007----876,704----14,923------58.7.........1 out of 5 2008----723,825----17,499------41.4 2009----556,041----20,119------27.6 2010----463,382----20,558------27.0 2011----340,252 ---21,144------25.0.........1 out of 4
Buzz Mills March 29, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Since the 1986 Reagan Amnesty, over 28 million undocumented immigrants have been apprehended at the border. In 1987 there were less than 3200 Border Patrol agents and they were thought to apprehend 1 out of 7 border crossers. Some agents even thought 1 out of 10. Now, there are over 21,000 Border Patrol agents thought to apprehend 1 out of 4...... run the numbers and then lie to me again, by telling me that there are only 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in our United States.
Walter Noller April 01, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I had the very good fortune of being one of the many who filled Guild Hall last evening to witness an extraordinary documentary. The room was filled to record numbers and everyone was able to enjoy what will become "THE" film to see. It showed many facets of the story and gave unbiased views on a number of issues that America has to deal with. It showed the effect on our health system, our economy, our drug issues and the overall effects this issue has both to our Nation and to those who risk breaking the law to be here. It went beyond the human element and gave reasons for the frustration many have. It also pointed fingers at America's future and I can only hope we wake up and do something about it before it's too late. Dennis has provided a glimpse into the cause and effects and the dangers of the issue of illegal human trafficking into the country. This is not a "you should see", but a "MUST SEE" film for everyone whether you have an opinion on the issue or not. I personally believe this is not just a immigration issue, or humanitarian issue, nor drug nor economic issue, but one that can and will destroy America both from those who come here illegally and from within. Thank you again, Dennis. I can only hope you've given the rest of America (especially politicians) reason to wake and "smell the coffee"... Before it's too late.
Francis j stephen June 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
vote our elected officials out who keep sitting on the fence about this issue. if illegals could take their job we would see how fast they would act instead of talking blah blah blah....
David Burleson June 21, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Wrong in several places Nican,since 95% of my relatives were not murdered,and those from Europe did not invade the USA, but came the same as Native Americans.Thanks for proving you are not able to understand that the USA had a war for independence,and won the east coast i nthat war,bought the Louisiana territory,Alaska,and the Southwest.You are a racist,but,that is your problem,as is your illiteracy.

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