The United States and Mexico border has been a contention for many years now in the context of its security. Although much has been done from, increasing Border Patrol Agents to adding fences there is still a large number of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border with Mexico. Despite all these means of security and any other humane means at the United States disposal, nothing will stop immigrants from crossing the border illegally as long as they do not remain completely open.
Fencing material and cameras are only a simple man made deterrent or obstacle for crossing the southern border. A blowtorch or any other means of penetrating a fence can be used to defeat the purpose of a border fence (Silko, 1994). The terrain throughout the border poses another issue for defense as the rough harsh desert along with the distance presents an issue as multiple locations can be targeted for crossing points.
As the security at known, easily accessible crossing points have increased more remote locations have been utilized to illegally cross into the United States. As the illegal aliens have been forced to push out further from civilization and water, health and life factors become more of an issue. This could lead to the belief that less people would want to risk their life or life of a loved one just to cross illegally into the U.S., but this is not the case. There has been an increase in deaths within Arizona from border crossings. An activist group reported these deaths rose from 282 in 2005 to 472 in 2006 (Politzer, 2007).
"There is little evidence that current approaches have been even slightly effective at slowing the flow of illegal crossings" (Politzer, 2007). Mexico is becoming a more unstable country in recent times as the drug cartels have increased their role and grip on the populace. This factor alone presents issues for those living in that country. A life away from constant fear of death is what any reasonable human being wants....
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