It takes a smart actor to play a dumb character. Teri Garr is one of those actors.
This weekend, the Brooklyn Academy of Music or BAM for short, is having a Teri Garr retrospective.
Earlier today, I saw Tootsie (1982). Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is an actor whose difficult reputation precedes him. Unable to get a job, he becomes Dorothy Michaels and gets a job on a soap opera. Garr plays Sandy, one of Michael’s actor friends whose neurosis is exacerbated by her inability to find work and Michael’s inconsistency during this period.
I’m not an actor, but I can imagine that many actors, especially those whose work history is sketchy, can relate to Sandy’s neurosis. She is the flip side to Jessica Lange’s Julie, Michael/Dorothy’s co-star and love interest. Ms. Garr could have gone completely out there, playing a stereotype. But there is a reality to her character. Sandy’s neurosis (which considering her choice of career is understandable) is firmly rooted in her lack of lack of self-esteem, which when done properly, can be incredibly funny. The character of Sandy is funny, as is the actress who plays her, Teri Garr.
For untold generations of immigrants, America has been the “golden medina” or the golden land. America represented the freedom, the security and the opportunities that did not exist in other countries.
Under President Obama, DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was codified into law. DACA protects illegal immigrants who came to America with their families when they were minors. Basically if the now former minor is living a normal life without making trouble (going to school, working, paying taxes, etc), they receive a renewable two-year permit that allows them to stay in the country without fear of deportation.
President Trump is considering doing away with DACA.
I get it, illegal immigration is a problem. I also get that the process to legally immigrate and follow the rules to become a citizen is time-consuming and difficult. But at the same time, these kids did not have a choice in the matter. They came with their families and grew up as any normal American child. They should not be punished because their parents wanted a better life for them.
America is a country of immigrants. Most, if not all of us (including President Trump) can trace their family histories back to at least one person who left their birth place for the potential future of living in America. While lawful immigration is preferable, we need to understand why people immigrate illegally and show some compassion for them, especially for their children.