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Border Security USA Is Coming to Your Television Set

ABC is teaming up with the Department of Homeland Security to make some good old-fashioned reality television. The new show, Border Security USA, will focus on US border protection agencies including: Transportation Security Administration, US Coast Guard, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The federal government's efforts to stop illegal immigration, smuggling, and terrorism will be documented reality-television style. The Hollywood Reporter says that in one episode, two Iranian men are denied entry because one has relatives with terrorist ties, and the other carries a fake ID.

Perhaps this show could teach Americans about how the Homeland Security bureaucracy operates. But, I'm still concerned that a sensationalized television interpretation of national security concerns may oversimplify the problem and lead to discrimination, intolerance, or a false understanding of complex issues like immigration and global politics.

Is gov reality the next big thing, or is this just run-of-the-mill propaganda? Are you going to Ti-Vo this one?

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raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Municipal Transportation Budget Agent: The Mini-Series! This week, Tony and Marla are faced with a lack of funding due to a budgetary meeting agenda screw up. Laura is still dealing with a broken copier in the office and Dean is trying to play catch up by using the 1043 forms instead of the E104s for his funding request.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
Andy Warhol was right, only instead of 15 minutes, everyone will be given their own reality show.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I have had several friends who worked in different aspects of reality tv...and the stories they tell would shock you. I don't want to get them in trouble, but I wish I could tell you!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
It is becoming more and more unfair everyday that I do not have a reality show! I am soooo much more entertaining than government officials!
Meike Meike 9 years
:( Well, they better not peg innocent people and make them out to be more than they appear because they had a slow day at work and need to spice up the show some. That, I'm sure, will cause many unnecessary grievances among legit travelers.
stephley stephley 9 years
Of course they're going to dramatize events - they can't let a dance contest go without tweaking it. They don't dare let the security people come off as bad guys or stupid and they have to be careful about portraying anyone stopped by security as a victim.
Meike Meike 9 years
Ugh, doesn't this just make things more difficult for those immigrants who come in on visa waivers with every intention of abiding by them? ABC better not be pulling any strings behind the camera and dramatizing events to draw an audience.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
hahahah raciccarone! how about something like "Quality Control Agent: The First 48 Hours" where we get to see the best and the brightest young scientific minds be forced to take the only job they could get out of college: making sure chocolate chip cookies are not laced with salmonella? i'm calling Bravo!
mtothawhat mtothawhat 9 years
LOL janneth!!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
The tax idea is hysterical Janneth! Reality tv is soooooooooooooooooooo not "real", and so I can only imagine what this border show will portray. Oy.
janneth janneth 9 years
How about "So You Think You Can Fill Out a Tax Form". Viewers vote on who gets the biggest IRS check.
janneth janneth 9 years
This is bizarre, and the only reason the govt would do this is to present a biased view of non citizens.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I am also looking forward to that series "Merchant Loan Approver" where they follow three banking loan officials through they day. Who will get the small business loans with the adjustable interest rate 5% below inflationary yield and who won't? You'll have to tune in to find out!
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
hopefully its an unbiased show reality tv tends to spin things a certain way. And when it involves politics...god only knows
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
LOL yy.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
wow. this sounds like the world's most boring show. i'll keep watching the wire instead, thank you!
stephley stephley 9 years
Run of the mill propaganda.
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