“Josh’s indomitable witness at Tornillo was the decisive factor which galvanized the combination of local and national organizing that led to the closing of the child detention facility there, and inspired equivalent efforts at Homestead.” – Camilo Antonio Perez Bustillo, former Director of Research & Advocacy, Hope Border Institute.
Watch the Film:
Director: Shane Franklin
Executive Producer: Dr. Andrew R. Cline
Producers: Shannon Cay and Shane Franklin
Director of Photography: Taye Taye
Camera Operators: Dr. Andrew R. Cline, Taye Taye, and Shane Franklin
First Editor: Taye Taye
Second Editor: Dr. Andrew R. Cline
Sound Editor: Matt Foster
What’s next for “Witness at Tornillo?”
Our coverage of the Witnesses has continued, even after the eventual closing of Homestead and Tornillo. With an even greater leadership team developed, the Witnesses turned their eye on the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which have effectively stopped leal asylum from Central-American countries. In 2019, the “Return to Mexico” policy as many call it has resulted in more than 60,000 asylum seekers being turned back to wait in makeshift refugee camps on the banks of the Rio Bravo (Grande).
The Carbon Trace coverage of the sequel film Witness at the Border continues where “Witness at Tornillo” leaves off.
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