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The myths and truths about illegal immigration

Learn more about Tom Brokaw's upcoming report on the real story behind one of the most divisive topics in America today

In an upcoming "Tom Brokaw Reports," Brokaw travels to an unlikely place where the debate over illegal immigration is raging — the Colorado Rockies. NBC News spent eight months reporting on the myths and truths about illegal immigration in this pristine stretch between Aspen and Vail, a historically white population that has seen an influx of thousands of Hispanics, mostly from Mexico.

Drawn to jobs in the construction field, these Hispanics are also filling the schools, churches and medical clinics. "Tom Brokaw Reports: In the Shadow of the American Dream," airing on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 8 p.m., takes viewers behind the scenes to reveal the real story about illegal immigration, exploring the economic realities, the social consequences and the political controversies surrounding one of the hottest topics dividing America today.

The hour-long documentary follows a booming economy attracting illegal workers willing to do unskilled labor, questioning what happens to American culture and America's laws when hundreds of thousands of people enter the country illegally. Brokaw interviews police, teachers, doctors, residents, and illegal immigrants to help explain the impact of illegal immigration on America. He also sits down with Congressman Tom Tancredo, a Republican from Colorado who has been out front in his opposition to illegal immigration.