A director set out to make a documentary favoring illegal immigration and migrant caravans. But after probing deeply into the subject, Namrata Singh Gujral realized that illegal immigration actually harmed everyone involved, the director told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Gujral, a registered Democrat, said the stories of a homeless veteran, an illegal alien, a dead six-year-old girl, and the mother of a law enforcement officer killed by an illegal alien — all featured in her film, “America’s Forgotten” — are representative of those impacted by illegal immigration. In her investigation into their stories, she “discovered the truth behind immigration fraud,” she said.
“I set out to make a film that was going to be very pro-illegal immigration, pro-caravans, pro-migrants, that’s where I started. The film ended up completely different, and I think it was because I stuck with the investigation.”
“I was at a crossroads. Do I tell the truth and go ahead and make the film or do I walk away from the film because it doesn’t agree with me or my industry? I decided to stay truthful to my craft of filmmaking and tell the story as I saw it without bias or preconceived notions.”
Gujral said the turning point for her was when she went to India to search for the grandfather of a girl named Gurupreet Kaur, who died in the Arizona desert while trying to illegally immigrate to the U.S.
Gujral went to the same home and sat in the same marble-floored room where a CNN reporter previously conducted an interview with Gurupreet’s grandfather. She saw no signs of violence or poverty or persecution in the neighborhood.
Gurupreet’s father lived in New York while his asylum case was pending, according to CNN. His lawyer said he was “from a religious minority and he was fleeing persecution,” and a lawyer for her mother said she was also seeking asylum, CNN reported.