Demian Bichir delves into immigration debate
FILE - In this June 23, 2011 file photo, Mexican actor Demian Bichir poses for photos before an interview, in New York. Bichir stars as Det. Marco Ruiz in the new FX drama, "The Bridge," opposite Diane Kruger, who plays his detective counterpart in the U.S. The TV series premieres July 10 at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Forgive Mexican actor Demian Bichir for pointing out the obvious metaphor in the title of his new TV series "The Bridge," but someone had to do it.
"We need bridges more than walls, you know what I mean?" said Bichir about the immigration and border security debate that is currently occupying the U.S. Congress.
Bichir stars as Detective Marco Ruiz in the FX drama, opposite Diane Kruger, who plays his counterpart in the U.S.
The pair is forced to work together after a body is found on the bridge connecting Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. By the end of the pilot, they suspect a serial killer. Their partnership, and subplots involving other characters, allows the show's writers to also address immigration and political issues on the border.
Demian Bichir y Stefanie Sherk, izquierda, llegan al estreno de "The Bridge" en el Teatro DGA el lunes 8 de julio de 2013 en Los Angeles. (Foto Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
The U.S. Congress is debating a proposal that would strengthen security along its southern border, while providing a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million workers living in the U.S. without legal permission.
"They're talking about this possible amnesty, but also they're talking about spending millions of dollars building taller, bigger, stronger walls," said Bichir during an interview in New York earlier this month. "We need to find a way of doing it right because that will not stop anybody from coming over here if they see the possibility of having a better life."