Illegal Immigration: Border Fence Fatalities

3731042822_603dd55a23_oThe human toll of migrant “funneling” at the U.S.-Mexico Border must be considered in border security initiatives.

by Joseph J. Kolb

The border fence between the United States and Mexico presents an ironic geopolitical and socioeconomic conundrum. Nowhere in the world can such a structure and national strategy to stem the flow of migration and drug smuggling, while attempting to maintain a steady flow of legal bi-national trade, be found among two friendly nations. There is 1,050 km of fence that intermittently spans the 3,140 km border from the Pacific coast of California to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. As its high walls separate the two nations on all but the most remote and hazardous frontiers, the border fence has led to a public health crisis.

“Funneling” is a phenomenon referring to increasing migration patterns of individuals attempting to enter the U.S. illegally through areas lacking a border fence and only marginally patrolled by the U.S. Border Patrol — and it has unintended deadly consequences.

In September 2001, less than a week before the 9/11 attacks and 12 years after the Berlin Wall crumbled to the ground, President George W. Bush was quoted as saying, “Fearful people build walls; confident people tear them down.” Five years later he …

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