How Dory helps us to understand the plight of Immigrant Americans
SERIOUSLY NOT FUNNY
Finding Dory, the story of an amnesiac fish is an amazing representation of the polarizing conflict that has rooted itself in the psyche of many Americans. Immigration, it has been reasserted as the largest problem standing at the forefront of American politics. This coming after a radical president-elect built his campaign around battling it. His agenda, a simple yet complex one, aims to send immigrants and Muslim refugees back to their respective countries while also building a wall that will divide the American-Mexican border. His platform has divided the nation because many believe that it is a racially charged and religiously intolerant agenda rather than an economic one. Families will ultimately pay the price for stricter immigration laws. The sheer amount of American children who have parents who are immigrants is baffling. According to Philip Bump of the Washington Post :
“8.4 percent of the resident adult population of the United States in 2012 was the child of a person born outside the country. That same year, 4.5 million children born in the U.S. lived with at least one undocumented parent.”
Enforcing stricter immigration laws will lead to a very large percentage of American families being divided, which is the tragic reality that American immigrants are facing. I bet you’re asking yourself, what does all of this have to do with a Disney film? Well just sit back, read her story and soon it will all make sense.
Twelve years after Dory aided Marlin in finding his son Nemo, Disney provided us with the sequel. Finding Dory, is the tale of an amnesiac and extremely lovable regal blue tang who lives on the Great Barrier Reefs. Dory, a fish who wandered the ocean aimlessly for the majority of her life is someone that we can all learn from. She lost her parents as a child and soon forgot where she was from and who they were. However, in one of the first scenes of the movie Dory -who is currently living on the Great Barrier Reefs- is seen having a flashback of her childhood. She remembers her parents and that they are from the Jewel of Morrow Bay. This memory sends her, Nemo and Marlin on an adventure across the ocean to find them. When they arrive Dory realizes that her parents have been captured and taken to the Marine Life Institute. Now Dory, Nemo, and Marlin have to get over the wall to find them and bring them back (Are you beginning to see the correlation?). Dory finds this task fairly easy, but for Nemo and Marlin it came as a challenge. However, they succeeded, only to find that her parents had escaped. Now all three fish are tasked with getting back into the ocean and out of the prison that they are trapped in. They succeed in doing this with the help of a vast array of other fish. Many of these fish have nothing to do with Dory’s situation but they all pitch in to help her to achieve her mission of reconnecting with her parents.
What Have We Learned Here?
The most important lesson to be taken away here is that when people (or fish) are dedicated to a common cause they will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. They will not be deterred by fascist governments or anyone who stands to separate them from their dreams. Unfortunately Americans are at a bitter crossroads where immigrant struggles are being accentuated.
Currently In America
America is currently a mess. Split between far right wing extremist yelling for the wall to be built, and the rest of us with a trace of a soul asking for a peaceful resolution that won’t cause economic dismay and chaos. The craziest part of this whole ordeal is that, according to Ana Swanson of the American post:
“Recent immigrants are also much more likely to come from Asia compared with previous waves. Among immigrants who came to the U.S. in the past five years, one-third were born in Latin America, and 12 percent in Mexico.”
“The decline in immigrants from Latin America has been offset by a surge from Asia. In the past five years, 45 percent of immigrants to the U.S. were born in Asia, especially India, China and the Philippines.”
So that means we are essentially talking about spending billions of American tax payer dollars on a wall that serves no purpose. So even if for some crazy reason the American public suddenly became okay with paying for a massive wall, we are still doing very little to combat immigration. So maybe we should focus our attention and money to other more important causes that are not racially and religiously charged. Like combating the serious drug problem that has America in a choke hold, global warming, or problems in the education system. I could go on forever because there are too many other, more pressing issues to focus on rather than worrying about hard working individuals who just so happen to be from another country.
So someone should tell Trump that he could build an impenetrable dome that covers the entire country, but out there somewhere is a Dory who has an army of friends ready to help her break through.