REP. STEVE KING RECENTLY STOOD before the House of Representatives, razor wire in hand, and advocated electrifying the southern U.S. border with a current strong enough to be a "disincentive" but weak enough to keep from killing people. "We do that with livestock all the time," the Iowa Republican noted.
Maybe King should tune into FX. Tonight at 10, the cable channel will air a captivating episode of Morgan Spurlock's "30 Days" documentary program that people on all sides of the immigration debate should watch. In it, Frank Jorge, a member of the Minuteman Project border-vigilante group, spends one month living in a tiny, one-bedroom East L.A. apartment with a family of seven Mexican immigrants, most of them illegal, who he thinks should be deported. Jorge leaves his documents at home in Mojave, does handyman work with the stoic father and argues immigration politics over meals and golf rounds with the family's charming (and totally Americanized) teenage daughter.
The result is gripping television -- not because the protagonists change their views significantly but because we get to watch Jorge register his slow-dawning shock that the same class of people he has pointed guns at can be noble, hardworking, funny, angry, God-fearing, sassy, patriotic ... and, well, human.