The music video for "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" from Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton Mixtape" will fill you with pride. K'naan, Residente, Riz MC, and Snow Tha Product put on amazing performances, but it's the haunting portrayal of this country's immigrants that steals the show.
We start on a train car with a diverse group of people, reflecting the many kinds of immigrants in this country. They look defeated as they listen to a report about US border security on the radio.
The audio they're listening to ends with, "It's really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, 'immigrant' has somehow become a bad word."
But this isn't a pity party. The video is a tribute to the hard work that makes them America's backbone.
Video director Tomás Whitmore told Buzzfeed News that "Within the political climate and all the xenophobia that’s persisting within the conversation, it felt like a really unique opportunity to give a voice to the immigrant narrative, and to shine a spotlight on, as the song says, ‘America’s ghost writers’ — a lot of people that make this country great and that we don’t often get to see in mainstream media."
Source: Buzzfeed News