How El Paso, Texas, became the Trump administration’s immigration policy testing ground and then the target of a white supremacist. (Aired 2020)
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From producer Marcela Gaviria, correspondent Martin Smith and their team, the 2020 documentary “Targeting El Paso” investigated how the border city that has been called the Ellis Island of the Southwest became a testing ground for some of former President Donald Trump’s most controversial immigration policies, a subject of his anti-immigrant rhetoric, the site of a surge of migrant families crossing the U.S.–Mexico border — and, on Aug. 3, 2019, the target of a deadly attack by a white supremacist.
Interviews with current and former immigration officials, U.S. Border Patrol agents, migrants and advocates tell the inside story from the epicenter of the border crisis.
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Prologue - 00:00
The 2019 El Paso Shooting - 00:35
President Trump’s Immigration Rhetoric - 03:05
Testing Family Separation in El Paso, Texas - 11:29
Vigilantes at the U.S.–Mexico Border - 17:50
Conditions in Immigration Holding Facilities - 25:35
The “Remain in Mexico” Policy - 30:40
Migrant Children in Detention “Were Traumatized” - 37:26
Trump’s Visit to El Paso - 49:57
Credits - 51:55