Drawing Lines And Crossing Them: A Look At The Complexities Of The Us Mexico Border

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Drawing Lines and Crossing Them: A Look at the Complexities of the US-Mexico Border
American writer/reporter, Walter Lippmann, once said, “The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness, but the absorption of fifty different peoples.” Over the course of its history, the United States has evolved into the country of all countries – in more ways than one. Not only is the US comprised of an array of people from varying locations worldwide, but it is also one of the most desirable destinations for immigrant transfer. The idea of American exceptionalism has resulted in the steady influx of immigrant masses over the course of history which in return has resulted ...view middle of the document...

According to the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), Mexican immigrants in the United States represent close to 4 percent of the U.S. population, 30.1 percent of all US immigrants, and 10 percent of all Mexicans. The population of Mexican immigrants in America has grown 20 times its size since 1960. (Stoney, Batalova, 2013). It cannot be argued that Mexican immigration is an uncommon occurrence within the United States. As recorded by the Pew Research Center on Mexican immigrants in the United States, more than one half of the Mexican immigrants in the country are unauthorized. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that as of 2010, 11.4 million unauthorized aliens reside within the country. Of the 11.4 million, an estimated 6.7 million of those illegal immigrants are of Mexican descent. (DHS, 2010). Statistical evidence makes obvious the prevalence of Mexican immigration into the US in terms of number.
As previously confirmed, Mexican immigration into the United States of America is not unusual. The United States is the common destination for these southern foreigners for a variety of reasons. Location plays a major role in the contribution of Mexican immigrants to its Northern neighbor. The United States-Mexico border spans four US states, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and six Mexican states. The dividing line stretches 3,169 kilometers (1,969 miles) from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. (National Geographic Society, 2014). Security over this border is inconsistent. In some places, the border is no more than a loose wire or a stream of the Rio Grande. In others, the border is marked by a barricading wall of cement or steel secured by armed sentinels. The latter mentioned is evidence of the enforcement heavy approach taken by President Obama to secure the nation’s borders. Nevertheless, neither enhanced border security, nor the complexity of the legal immigration policy has deterred foreigners from “invading” US lands. Ronald...

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