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Immigrant Impact Part 3

The number of illegals detained at U.S. 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 Boundary 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.

Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders With America's Illegal Aliens
A book on the people-smuggling enterprise.

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 U.S. 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 bus.

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 U.S. / Mexico frontier. These people simply did not have the money for a bus ticket and died walking north from deep within Mexico.

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