May 22, 2007, - 3:20 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE, 06/05/08: More on how “Crossing Over” a/k/a “ICE, The Movie,” Lies About U.S. immigration policy and defames ICE Agents ****
Coming soon to a theater near you: “ICE, The Movie”–starring Harrison Ford, Sean “Spicoli” Penn, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd.
And it there’s one thing I can finally agree on with the inept ICE “leadership,” it’s the persona non grata status they are giving this film. More about that later.
A little over a week ago, the Weinstein Company studio sent me a press release about completed casting for a new movie, “Crossing Over.” It piqued my interest.
Nope, it has nothing to do with that fake psychic and his failed daytime show of the same name. But it has everything to do with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) . . . and sympathizing with illegal aliens against ICE agents–especially those from Detention and Removal Operations (DRO). The DRO agents and officers are the ones who round up illegal aliens, detain them, and deport them. They’re the less glamorized, under-appreciated, and completely mismanaged at the very top (under John Torres) part of ICE that came to it from the INS.
Starring Ford as a top ICE agent in Los Angeles, and Penn as a Border Patrol agent, “Crossing Over” is written by Wayne Kramer, a South African immigrant who is–to say the least–soft on illegal aliens. Actually, it’s pure propaganda designed to influence immigration policy.
Here’s text from the liberal Weinstein Bros’ press release:
“Crossing Over” is a multi-character drama about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film addresses the issue from the point of view of the immigrants, as well as the immigration authorities tasked with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.
Here’s what the movie’s really about: Taslima, a teen Muslim who was born abroad but raised here, reads an essay in class, asking us to see the architects of 9/11 as human beings. Suddenly, the FBI is investigating her family, and ICE is trying to deport her. And this is bad because . . .? If only that kind of stuff really happened in real life. Unfortunately, it does not.
She has two siblings born here, and now her family will be deported. The two anchor babies will have no parents to raise them if they choose to stay here. So sad, too bad. Sorry, I can’t feel sorry for these kids, only for our country which stupidly grants instant citizenship to kids of parents who cheat.
Oh, and there’s also an Iranian Muslim family, which wants to stay here. Reportedly, they are involved in an honor killing.
Production of the movie is being sped up to influence immigration policy in favor of illegal aliens and amnesty. It began filming this month and is already scheduled in theaters for the fall–a speedy production schedule unheard of in Tinseltown, today. Fortunately for us, the movie won’t make it in time to influence immigration legislation now under debate. If there is any “immigration reform,” it will happen before fall, or be tabled by victory hungry candidates facing election and re-election.
ICE “leadership” has ordered ICE agents NOT to cooperate with the making of this film. And, for once, I can’t say I blame them. And it’s a shame they are doing a movie about street level and mid-level agents. Those are generally the good guys. They should make one with the inept leadership at the top–a spoiled young chick with no law enforcement experience, who gets the job running ICE because her uncle is a general and she’s sleeping with the boss’ Chief of Staff. You can’t make this stuff up. Now, that would be a funny movie and would really show why we have so many problems.
I wonder how my Border Patrol agent friends like being portrayed by unstable, lefty loon, Jeff Spicoli. The way the L.A. Times describes it, it sounds as if Penn’s Border Patrol agent forces an illegal alien from Australia (whom he caught trying to cross over from Mexico) to give him sex in order for a Green Card. As if that has or even could happen. Green Cards are granted by Citizenship and Immigration Services, NOT Border Patrol.
Harrison Ford is not bad for an ICE agent, until you remember he’s actually an earring-wearing Vietnam War Draft Dodger in real life. And don’t expect him to be any more sympathetic as “Max Brogan, a seasoned Immigration Customs Enforcement agent who conducts surveillance and raids in L.A.” Reportedly, the former high-ranking ICE agent who’s working as the movie’s consultant is disgruntled. Trust me, this won’t be Han Solo, Indiana Jones, or even “Blade Runner’s” cool Rick Deckard:
One day, after he and other agents storm a downtown dress factory looking for illegals, Brogan comes upon a Mexican woman who pleads with him in Spanish that her 4-year-old son is upstairs with a neighbor lady and there is no one to take care of him if she is arrested.
Although he empathizes with the woman, he ignores her pleas.
Reality check: ICE Deportation officers regularly allow illegal alien parents to remain free if they are the only care-giver. That’s the problem. We show too much mercy. It’s not that we don’t show enough. A big reason why we’re in the immigration mess we’re in.
Here’s the scoop from my spies at ICE:
The in-production movie “Crossing Over” starring Harrison Ford/Sean Penn is about an ICE agent (possibly a corrupt one). The production company has tried to contact ICE for some insight on ICE operations. ICE Headquarters issued a directive that no one is to talk to the production company period.
Well the production company one-upped ICE and hired on their payroll a forced to retire DSAC [Deputy Special Agent in Charge] from Los Angeles Kevin Jeffrey (he left ICE disgruntled). Now Kevin is being paid good money for insider secrets about ICE. Of course Kevin still has some contacts in ICE so if he doesn’t know the answer he calls his few friends in ICE Los Angeles for any juicy tidbits that the “Crossing Over” production company could use.
I can’t comment on Mr. Jeffrey, but I do know that his job was filled by an inexperienced, unqualified 33-year-old chick, who is a pandering crony of ICE Director of Investigations Marcy “Peppermint Patty.” So, I can’t blame him for being upset at this horribly dysfunctional agency. I just hope the movie attacks the right targets at ICE. And it’s already obvious that it will not.
Hmmm . . . I could give them some juicy tidbits. But this movie is interested in the wrong ones. Like I said, I’m with ICE “leadership” on this one. This movie sounds like 100% pure propaganda.
Hey, even the broken clock atop ICE is right twice a day.
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