âIt gets into this whole issue of border security,â a commentator says. âWho is going to say that the borders are secure?â
âItâs really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, âimmigrantâ has somehow become a bad word,â the commentator adds, setting the tone for the video. It was directed by Tomas Whitmore and executive produced by Robert Rodriguez and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of âHamilton.â
The video, which lasts more than six minutes, morphs to immigrants stitching American flags under the main refrain of the song and Snow Tha Product rapping in front of an American flag. There are shots of workers picking fruit in fields, Riz MC rapping his verse on a barely-lit New York City subway car and, eventually, immigrants being dragged away in the dead of night by border patrol agents.
âHamiltonâ is no stranger to politics. President Obama was an avowed fan of the show and invited the cast to perform at the White House after seeing the musical multiple times, one of them at a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee. After the election, âHamiltonâ found itself the target of Mr. Trumpâs ire. In late November, Mike Pence, then the Vice President-elect, attended a performance and found himself being directly addressed by the cast during a curtain call after drawing jeers from the crowd.
Standing on the stage, Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Aaron Burr, said to a departing Mr. Pence, âWe truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.â
Mr. Trump demanded an apology, saying the cast had been ââvery rudeâ toward Mr. Pence and that the theater âmust always be a safe and special place.â