The Proposal


The Proposal is a 2009 movie about Margaret, an executive editor in chief of a book publishing company in the United States. She learns that she is being deported to Canada, her home country, because she has an expired visa. The following video clip shows the moment when Margaret is informed that she faces deportation.

Source: YouTube

As a result of this revelation, she convinces (or, rather, forces) her assistant, Andrew, to marry her. An immigration agent suspects that Margaret and Andrew are not in love and that they are solely getting married to prevent Margaret from being deported. Margaret and Andrew repeatedly deny this accusation, even though it is true.

The immigration agent informs Margaret and Andrew that he will question them separately about one another to determine whether their marriage is legitimate. If their answers are incorrect, Margaret will be deported to Canada and Andrew will be fined $250,000 and will spend five years in prison for committing a felony. This type of situation is one that happens frequently. An American citizen marries an immigrant so that the immigrant can remain in the country and become a legal citizen. Thus, instances like these make it easier to understand why Americans are rather hesitant to welcome immigrants into the country. If immigrants are successful in outsmarting Americans on their soil, there is likely to be a sense of fear and anger that generates within American citizens because they cannot even maintain authority over their own land.


One response to “The Proposal

  • kaehart

    My cousin and his wife went through a similar type of questioning because my cousin’s wife is a Canadian citizen. In order to proceed with their wedding, they were separated and individually quizzed about one another by an immigration agent. My cousin told me that it took a toll on both of them emotionally, mostly because they were upset that someone would question the authenticity of their love.

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