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By Michele López-Stafford Levy

Necessity is the mum of invention and this all begun with a plea on a listserv: "We have a 16 yr previous Mayan Quiche younger guy who will not cease crying in our school". How determined needs to a dad or mum be to assert see you later to their child/children to probably by no means see them back due to wars in Syria or gang violence in vital the USA making electorate so determined? Will the youngsters make it alive to the following border with such a lot of extra to move? Will they truly finally catch up with family members? Or is that this natural folly? Will those kids have the capacity to visit institution for an equitable schooling and feature a more robust existence than their mom and dad might ever think? extra vital are the consequences for U.S. faculties: how are they handling the unexpected inflow of kids refugees who're highway weary and anticipated to take part in class buildings seamlessly? Many usually are not conscious that, linguistically, those youngsters will not be Spanish-speaking, yet basically speak of their personal indigenous language.

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Unfortunately, it mirrors and subsequently perpetuates the implosion of meaning or the creation of the pseudo-event (myth). By offering itself up as an alternative to mainstream media, but employing the same strategies of event production and consumption as the power media, it delegitimizes its own theses. Embedded firmly in the concept of democracy and progressive liberalism, it merely reproduces power in the form of a false dichotomy/binary. In simple terms, it cancels out and is canceled out by its own methods and mediums.

It breeds enquiry. It necessitates investigation. It carries nothing predetermined. It is open. It is ours. It is a moment of freely ignited discomfort, outrage, and ecstasy. It is not arranged or processed. It is what is left behind to be placed in front. The flood of unaccompanied minors to the United States border exemplifies the spontaneous event or that of an appearance. The existence of tens of thousands of children in the “processing center” in objective/concrete reality is simply the appearance of something left behind at the crime scene.

So the visual mediums, such as film or digital video, necessitate disappearance. Barthes (1957/2012) mentions the placement of foreign refugees on film. He notes, “It is the same for refugees, a long procession of whom is shown at the start of the film making their way down a mountain; futile, of course, to locate them: they are eternal essences of refugees, it is in the nature of the East to produce them” (p. 186). Countless media images of Latino immigrants fill visual outlets. Harvest of Empire is only one small example that reinforces the idea of the production of refugees from 40 Reflections on the Image of Immigrant Minors from Central America Latin America.

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