Immigrant Effects, Part 3
The number of illegals detained at US Ports of
Entry is comparatively small.
Some illegals cross the border in tunnels. The
matter of tunnels is covered elsewhere, but these tunnels can
be just two feet underground and link to existing storm drains
on the U.S. side of the border. They can just be the use of existing
drainage culverts that cross the border as required under treaty
with Mexico through the International Boudary and Water Commission--
some are hundreds of feet long. They can be the opportunistic
use of massive underground flood control channels (e.g. Nogales,
Arizona) that are miles long, twenty feet wide and ten feet high.
To the left is a book on the people smuggling
The majority of illegal aliens entering the United
States do so on foot through the open expanse of America's Great
American Desert. Thousands upon thousands of squalid trails mark
the northward migration of illegals through some of the most inhospitable
terrain on earth.
These illegals favor the El Paso, Texas area, the
Douglas, Arizona area, and the El Centro, California area. When
you look at a map you see that these potential points of attack
are fed by rail lines and roadways in Mexico. The terrain of northern
Mexico is no more hospitable at these crossing points than it
is on the US side and so travel to jumping off points inside Mexico
is by road and rail. You can actually just go to a Mexican border
town bus terminal and spot the illegals-to-be getting off the
It is a very sad reality that thousands of potential
Mexican border crossers have died many miles south of
the border, deep within Mexico, and long before they
have even approached the US / Mexico frontier. These people simply
did not have the money for a bus ticket and died walking north
from deep within Mexico.