Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The deadliest trip in America? Desperate search after immigrants die in desert

CNN reports on the deadly risks taken by migrants seeking to cross teh U.S./Mexico border.  Summer, with temperatures rising in the desert, is a particularly deadly time along the border.




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In the linked post, Professor Johnson refers to "the direct--and deadly--consequences of border enforcement American style." This begs the question: what style of border enforcement does he propose as an alternative? A border so easy to cross illegally in developed areas that no one would bother with the dangerous areas? That would lower crossing deaths but throws out the baby with the bathwater.

Assuming that we are not going from Operation Gatekeeper to Operation Cracked Door, the way to save lives is to discourage potential illegal entrants rather than encouragement and incentives to illegally cross. For example, it would help if politicians would not send the message that once you reach the interior of the country, just do not commit the most violent crimes and we will do everything we can to not just keep you above the law and able to reside here without worry about ever having to leave, but make you a citizen.

Posted by: Jack | May 21, 2014 4:02:51 AM

One reform possibility is outlined in this book. See http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=10292#.U3yqxSjwqSo

Posted by: Immigration Prof | May 21, 2014 6:33:43 AM

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