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’They Come To America’ - Where They Don’t Always Pay, Stay, Or Play Fairly Or Legally

Originally Posted: April 02, 2012

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Director Dennis Lynch addresses attendees at Saturday's premiere of "They Come To America" at Guild Hall. (Joe Strand)

East Hampton - Director of the popular "King of the Hamptons," Dennis Lynch takes an honest, unbiased, and brutal look at illegal immigration and its consequences on both sides in his new documentary film "They Come to America."

At a screening held at Guild Hall on Saturday, March 31, the filled-to-capacity crowd had some attendees turned away as there were simply no more seats, prompting Lynch to take to the stage for not only a seat count, but to urge his wife and children to vacate their seats to accommodate more guests - this is a film that everyone wanted to and should see.

Co-host of the evening, former Fox 5 news anchor, John Roland. (Joe Strand)

Lynch takes a hard, yet passionate look, at the financial, legal and political, potential terrorism acts, medical, security, housing, and most importantly, human consequences of out-of-control illegal immigration occurring presently in the United States. Its revelations - from employment, health care, crime, and racism is as sad as it is disturbing.

There are powerful moments in this film, not the least of which is the daily presence of a sole man who stands by the 7-11 in Southampton each and every day protesting the gathering of illegal immigrants who are chosen for work - work he believes should go to Americans. He's been there for over two years, and it presents a valid inquiry - just where have our local political leaders been?

Lynch manages to present all sides with clarity and insight, from his exhaustive interviews conducted throughout the country including Miami, where former Fox 5 news anchor John Roland, who contributes to the film, explains "When I open my terrace windows and listen to the sounds from the streets below I could be anywhere where Spanish is the national language, and not English." Roland attempts repeatedly in the film to interview Florida politicans, including the governor, on the issue of immigration - he is scornfully diverted to others who refuse to answer his simple questions.

With travel to Chicago, Tuscon, New York, and other areas, Lynch exhaustively interviews former immigration executives, immigration lawyers, educators, employers, ranchers, border patrol, students, citizens, adult children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrant parents, and illegal immigrants themselves - in fact, he hires two in Southampton to work on his East Hampton home, and becomes attached to "Mauricio" - a young married man with a three-month-old baby. Lynch allows himself to become deeply involved in the plight of Mauricio and his wife and child to the point where he offers him living arrangements on his property - pragmatically, Lynch is advised that this is not only a bad idea, but illegal as well, and rescinds the offer.

Marquee at Guild Hall announcing the film's premiere. (Joe Strand)

Taking to the streets, Lynch and gang, including our favorite cameraman (and associate producer of the film), Rory MacInish, and others put themselves in a number of dangerous situations to shed light on an issue that unfortunately appears to have absolutely no concrete resolution.

With such a hot political topic, Lynch must be congratulated for presenting a film with absolutely no political agenda - he asks the questions we all want asked, and reveals information that affects all of us - his choice to travel the 'fence' to within yards of a known drug cartel house and then being chased is absolutely terrifying. He is both a compassionate and intelligent film maker, and always, and at all times, allows each person in the film to state their opinion and reveal the quality of life, financial and personal ramifications that directly impact their lives as a result of an illegal immigation problem that is simply out of control.

Panel for Q&A following the film. (Joe Strand)

At the film's conclusion, Lynch attempted to conduct a Q&A, along with Roland, an immigration attorney and a former ICE member, however the platform evolved into more of a town meeting whereby guests used the opportunity to reveal their personal interaction with illegal immigration and its effects on their businesses, children's education, health care, safety, as well as openly discourse on their personal opinion of the American dream. Roland attempted to keep the Q&A format in place, however, he was foiled by the other two panelists who also wanted their opionion heard. Lynch answered each question presented to him honestly and insightfully - even admitting that he has never voted.

The title of the film "They Come To America" is a nod to musician Neil Diamond, and should be required viewing in all schools, as well as be sent to every politican in the country, and if you believe that illegal immigration only extends to those individuals hoping for a better life - head over to the 7-11, go inside, get some strong coffee and wake up.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


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Guest (Marianne) from California says::
Here in California we are plagued with illegals everywhere, also most of the crimes are commited by them. Californis has to wake up fast. We spend millions of tax payer dollars on them.
Oct 31, 2012 8:44 pm

Guest (Betty Miller) from California says::
Every American and the ones who came here legally shoud see this great film. I give Dennis Lynch much praise and thanks for making it. This should wake up every American to rise up and protest loud and long untill every politician in our government does what they should have done long ago . Close our borders and protect Americans. We need to do this for OUR Children,so they can have a chance at the American Dream. Go to NumbersUSA.com and join to help in this illegal and legal immigration problem we have.
Sep 24, 2012 9:51 pm

Guest (Jack) from California says::
Have you actually seen this garbage? Fourth-rate, bargain-basement racism. Utter garbage.
Sep 19, 2012 10:09 pm

Guest (JayBow) from Vineland, NJ says::
I agree with "Concerned Mama" from Arizona. Thank you for putting all sides up for us to see. I just hope people will take the time to really think about how important this issue is.
Apr 12, 2012 2:52 pm

Guest (Tricia) from Port Jefferson Station says::
Were any politicians there? Perhaps Tim Bishop?
Apr 11, 2012 5:42 pm

Guest (Jason) from Southampton says::
I completely agree on the whole school tax issue. Its a major burden on the local tax payers. I cringe every time I see a school bus drive by, or think about all of the extra ESOL teachers being paid for by us that would never be needed in the first place if there weren't swarms of undocumented people having as many babies as possible and sending their "american citizen" children to our schools. I bet if the numbers were put out there to show the percentage of illegal immigrant children that are really in our school systems, and the true financial impact on our local community, people would really stand up. Its not only money wasted on ESOL teachers, its more bus routs, more custodial upkeep, more individual attention taken away from children of actual citizens to service those who snuck into the country illegally, and more overhead expenses for the school in general.
Apr 10, 2012 4:16 pm

Guest (diana drake) from Dade/ Broward/Palm Beach says::
The largest portion of our property taxes goes to pay for a free education for our children. However, we are paying to educate tourist visa abuser's children and huge numbers of illegal immigrants children(and free ESOL english classes, while english speakers have to pay for Spanish Adult Ed classes) and bus service for illegal immmigrant children. They should be identified and pay for their education services. Or better still get them out of the system and reduce property taxes.
Apr 6, 2012 7:57 pm

Guest (DrSique) from East Hampton says::
The lone man in front of 7-11 has been there a lot longer than two years, at least five. The question is, why politicians will not enforce our laws when 70-75% of Americans in every unbiased poll want them enforced. Is America not governed in line with the will of her people? This is the most non-partisan issue faced by our country, at this time, and the Washington elites can't even manage to get this right. Nancy Pelosi was wrong. We don't need to "drain the swamp", we need to flush the toilet and watch all the crap in D.C. go right on down into the sewer.
Apr 5, 2012 7:00 pm

Guest (Sally) from east hampton says::
Will there be other screenings of this film?
Apr 5, 2012 1:21 pm

Guest (Dr. Gene Nelson) from Arlington, VA says::
This documentary is timely and necessary. Sadly, the economic and political elites make it very difficult to present the restrictionist side of the debate. Furthermore, there is are aspects of illegal immigration that is very harmful to the career prospects of highly-educated Americans. Those are visa overstaying and violating the terms of a tourist or student visa. The numbers are huge. Please search on the title of a 2008 Mike Swift article in the San Jose, California Mercury to learn more: "Illegal emigres defy the image FASTEST GROWING SOURCE? IT'S INDIA" The economic harms are unprecedented. Watch for my soon-to-be published article where I make the case that the cost of just five work visa programs to the U.S. middle class is an astonishing $10 trillion. (A trillion is a million million.)
Apr 3, 2012 10:38 am

Guest (Concerned Mama) from Arizona says::
Thank God somebody cares enough about this great country of ours to expend the money and time to collect information from all sides - and show we the people what we're facing. It's clear that if we don't stop ILLEGAL immigration we're going to be in serious trouble - on multiple fronts! Thank you to the producer and crew involved!
Apr 3, 2012 12:12 am

Guest (rked) from Houston says::
"and if you believe that illegal immigration only extends to those individuals hoping for a better life - head over to the 7-11, go inside, get some strong coffee and wake up." Well said...!!--I think I hear a Flushing Noise, oh yea It IS the sound of this once great country going Down the potty...!!!
Apr 2, 2012 12:29 pm


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