VIOLENCE AT THE US-MEXICO BORDER KEEPING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AT BAY
Many factors have been attributed to the decline in rates of illegal immigration. Blame has been placed upon a lack of jobs and upon Obama’s harsh crackdown upon the employers hiring illegals. The Mexican government claims that the decline is a result of job growth in Mexico. Yet, the would-be illegal immigrants tell a different story. Many say that they are afraid of the violence at the United States – Mexican border. Powerful drug cartels are ever present at the border and violence is rampant. Pedro, a would-be illegal immigrant, stated in an interview with local media sources that, “I’m not afraid of the migra [Border Patrol], but I am afraid of being decapitated.”
With violence at an all-time high, Immigration and Customs Enforcement would make much better use of its time stopping drug cartels instead of spending all of its energy on deporting hardworking immigrants. Clearly, there are much greater threats to the nation’s security than the farm workers who peacefully harvest crops under the blistering sun.
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