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The Implications of Border Crossing

The Implications of Border Crossing


There exist three common methods that illegal aliens employ during their immigration across an international border. However, some of these implications can be rendered as foolhardy and suicidal. Each year there are several hundred migrant deaths along the border of Mexico and the United States, and it is an ever growing concern as the death toll has risen since the mid-1990's. During the years between 1998 and 2004, an estimated 1,954 people had perished during their immigration to the border of Mexico and the United States without official permission from the Federal government of the United States.

There have been different methods taken by illegal aliens in their immigration to a new host country. However, there have been various accidents and tragic stories of people dying in their immigration.

Car accidents have been reported to be a cause for the deaths of illegal aliens. Whether it be an overcrowded van of nine Mexicans that lost control of the wheel at high speed or be it the crashing of trucks that had been trying to flee from Border Patrol, the rising immigration death toll resulted in the attempts to become an illegal alien.  Even a hundred pedestrian immigrants were recorded to have died from getting run over by walking across freeways.  

Drowning is another main cause for the high immigration death toll. Illegal aliens have been found drowned in canals, ditches and in the Canal Grande in their attempt to swim across the border.

Vigilante killings have occurred by unwelcoming locals of the American border. There have been cases of unarmed Mexicans getting shot and wounded in showdowns. This is a major issue violating human rights and moral laws as vigilante killings are not characteristic of the American image.

A group of illegal immigrant smugglers called the Coyotes have been the cause of an uncertain amount of deaths. There have been reported cases of beatings and rapes by the Coyotes. The number of deaths by the Coyotes is unknown as people are afraid to be deported if they went to the police and out of fear of threats to their family members by the Coyotes.  

The border patrol's use of force is another implication and danger in border crossing. Illegal aliens have been discovered both brutally injured or shot during an attempted immigration in a number of cases reported.

There are also international consequences in the high death toll of immigration's illegal aliens. There were tensions among America's relations to Mexico, Central America and Latin America and foreign consulates were seen to condemn the deaths while advocating illegal alien immigration.

Issues on the Elevated Death Tolls Of Immigrants

Issues on the Elevated Death Tolls Of Immigrants

It is necessary to address the issues surrounding the elevated death toll of immigrants along the border in order to find solid solutions for the victimized immigrants. There exists a need for the United States to be in effective and constant communication with the Mexican government and to constitute, on both parties, solid immigration policies that are frequently kept in check. The immigrant issues of being terrorized by Americans on the other side of the border of Mexico and the United States is simply unacceptable and the two governments must discuss the ways in which to close the rising rate of illegal immigrants sneaking into America, in addition to the high death rate along the border.


There are measures and ways to resolve this growing concern in a diplomatic and civil manner:


There can be an agreement consulted over and created for the safety and protection of immigrants. There should also be an active waiting list that is mutually disclosed and there should be compromised policies that are overseen and tracked by both nations as to best follow and track immigrant background, history, location and conduct.


There can be a campaign in Mexico to address the growing concerns of immigrants crossing the border and to speak on some of concerns associated with it.


Methods that present ways to educate immigrants and their respective nations of the documented and legal route to becoming an American citizen; without which would be an illegal immigrant route subject to heavy penalties and fines.


Expand the business opportunities within Mexico by partnering to outsource work and create employment opportunities within their nation, which would mutually benefit the host nation as well as the respective nation of origin.


The prevention of immigrant deaths through the proper education and sharing of reports and case studies of different tragedies caused by past attempts to immigrate.


The creation of a public offering and announcement of set times and appointed people to be allowed to immigrate instead of nurturing the common theme of residing in secrecy.


Through public awareness and educational campaigns and new distribution, anyone can learn the right way from the wrong to entering another country. Programs must be instated in the hopes that immigrants will come to recognize the inherent dangers and risks that culminate as a result of illegal immigration. Providing both resources to gain legal entry, as well as the imposition of punishments in response to attempts at illegal entry.