Dora the Explorer: Illegal Immigrant?


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Flickr photo by twodolla
Poor Dora the Explorer has found herself in the middle of the immigration reform debate. A doctored cartoon picture, which shows her mug shot (she's sporting a black eye) has been circulating widely since Arizona passed its controversial new immigration law.

Dora's crime? "Illegal Border Crossing Resisting Arrest."

The picture (which was created last year for the fake news site Freaking News) is being used by people on both sides of the immigration debate.

There's a Facebook page called "Dora the Explorer is soo an Illegal Immigrant," and another called "I bet Dora the Explorer is a [sic] illegal immigrant." There's also a picture circulating on Facebook with an ad for a TV show called "Dora the Illegal Immigrant," and several sites, including the Huffington Post, have narrated Dora's mock capture by immigration authorities.

Nickelodeon declines to comment on Dora's background.

So let's look at what we do know:

1. Dora has brown skin.

2. Dora speaks Spanish.

Those two simple facts seem to be enough to have put Dora the Explorer -- and her immigration status -- under scrutiny. (And she's just a beloved cartoon character.)

Seems to me, that's the problem with Arizona's immigration law in the first place.

Does your toddler watch Dora the Explorer? Do you think Dora is an "illegal immigrant"?



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jelly... jellyphish

My daughter loves Dora, and I like her too, it's the only show she watches that actually gets her interacting.

I live in AZ, and I'm really embarrassed about all the controversy we've caused, and this isn't the first time.  There HAVE been modifications made to the law stating that law enforcers must have another reason to ask for proof of citizenship, they can't just stop anyone with brown skin who speaks Spanish anymore.  But still, there are a million other things AZ could and SHOULD be doing in leu of promoting racial profiling.

nonmember avatar LaTiara

My lil cuzins love dora but i use to.

gothm... gothmama91

hmm id always assumed that dora lived in kids love dora so im always watching it.

29again 29again

My baby gd loves Dora.  I think it is ridiculous to use a cartoon character for propoganda.  Dora is aimed for the pre-school age group.   What do kids that age care or even know or understand about this issue?  I understand the original "mug shot" was for a spoof news show, and that is where it should have stayed.  Oh, and I thought that Dora lived in the rain forest. 

lovin... lovinangels

lol, not until netflix offers her. We don't keep cable because I'm too cheap.

nonmember avatar PartlySunny

I just blogged about my 5-year-old going "undercover" to find out why some other little girls didn't like Dora.  Turns out it was because she speaks Spanish.  My daughter was completely perplexed.  And I was just sad.  Anyway, I'm going to take a wild guess that the kids didn't come up with that one on their own.

Cafe... Cafe Sheri

Yeah, I actually saw someone I know change the channel on Handy Manny after realizing he spoke Spanish. Totally insane.

Taylo... TaylorBaby

people are ignorant and ignorance is bliss right? the law is a stupid law.

nonmember avatar SKL

I don't like Dora cartoons because she has a screechy voice.  And her cartoons are too dumbed-down for even a 3-year-old.  (mountain, river, wall!  mountain, river, wall!  mountain, riv- - aaaah!)  However, we do have Dora books and dolls.  And I'm pretty sure one of our books states that Dora lives in Mexico.

As far as the Arizona law goes, I understand it almost exactly mirrors Federal law, so the argued problem is that the cops "could" allow bias/racism to affect how they enforce it.  Which is true of every law.  But I feel something needed to be done for the safety of the citizens of Arizona, and I don't see what's wrong with asking someone to show proof of ID - I do it all the time and I don't live anywhere near a border.  If you have a green card, valid visa, or driver's license, what is the problem?  If you don't, well, I don't think this new law is your problem; it doesn't make people illegal, it just enforces the existing immigration law.  Get your papers in order or get your butt back to where it belongs.

How many murders do we need to see before people start having some compassion for citizens (many of them Hispanic) who live along the border?

By the way, my kids are Hispanic and are legal immigrants.

Carey... Carey2006

My son loves Dora......I'm not sure where she lives, her cousin Diego lives in or by the rainforest doesn't he?? So perhaps she lives in Mexico and not the USA, I don't think she's an illegal.

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