Phillippe Diederich
October 8, 2012

Last week’s shooting in Southern Arizona, which left one Border Patrol agent dead and another injured has brought back attention to the US-Mexico border. The border is not going away, and neither are the problems associated with those 2000 miles of desert that separate the two countries.

The US–Mexico border is the busiest border in the world with over 350 million crossings a year. And with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, (NAFTA) in 1994, commercial border traffic has increased and become easier for some truckers. While we worry about drug smugglers sneaking drug shipments through the same isolated desert routes used by undocumented immigrants coming into the country, it seems ridiculous to think tons of cocaine and marijuana can be carried in backpacks, and not through the main ports of Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, using commercial vehicles that have legal entry into the country.

Just as crazy is the idea that a wall will protect us from illegal immigration and drug smugglers. Necessity is the mother of invention. Drug traffickers and poor peasants seeking work in the U.S. will find their way into the U.S. as long as there is violence and poverty south of the border, and jobs and security north of the border.

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