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The Mexico– United States
United States
border is an international border separating Mexico
Mexico
and the United States, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the west and Gulf of Mexico
Mexico
to the east. The border traverses a variety of terrains, ranging from major urban areas to uninhabitable deserts. Approximately 350 million legal crossings occur annually,[1][2] and is the most frequently crossed border in the world.[3][1][4] The total length of the continental border is 1,954 miles (3,145 km). From the Gulf of Mexico, it follows the course of the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
(Río Bravo del Norte) to the border crossing at Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas. Westward from El Paso–Juárez, it crosses vast tracts of the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts to the Colorado River Delta
Colorado River Delta
and San Diego–Tijuana, before reaching the Pacific Ocean.[5]

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Border
Border
region 1.2 Border
Border
states 1.3 Border
Border
crossing checkpoints

2 History 3 Security

3.1 Background 3.2 Border
Border
enforcement 3.3 Border
Border
incursions 3.4 Disagreements over need for more resources 3.5 In context of Trump administration

3.5.1 Proposed wall

3.6 Dangers of border control 3.7 Humanitarian Assistance Along the Border

4 Border
Border
zone policies

4.1 Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Secure Border
Border
Initiative 4.2 100-mile border zone 4.3 Operation Streamline

4.3.1 History 4.3.2 Support and criticisms

5 Environment

5.1 History

5.1.1 Impacts of Border
Border
Wall on Wildlife

6 Travel

6.1 Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

7 Barrier 8 Veterinary inspections

8.1 Crossing from Mexico
Mexico
to the United States 8.2 Crossing from the United States
United States
to Mexico

9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Geography[edit] Border
Border
region[edit] Along this border are 23 U.S. counties and 39 Mexican municipalities, as well as a dramatic population increase.[further explanation needed] The main factors contributing to population rise are a significant increase in migrations, increase in the number of employment opportunities along the border region in Mexico, and the increase in the number of people illegally crossing the border into the United States in order to find better jobs and living standards. This border also plays a significant role in economic development on both sides and has negative and positive impacts on economic aspects when there is a change in populations or policies. This border also serves as the hub for trade and the exchange of goods. Mutual trade and exchange of goods make both countries depend on each other. Therefore, if one country, for example, faces economic issues, the other will also be affected by a decrease in employment opportunities. Although they may be mutually dependent on trade and economic development, both countries operate on distinct sets on governance, legal, economic, and social systems. This border defines the sovereignty of both countries.[6] Following the Boundary Treaty of 1970 between Mexico
Mexico
and the United States that settled all the pending boundary disputes and uncertainties related to the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
(Río Bravo del Norte) border, the national continental border extends 1,954 miles (3,145 km), excluding the maritime boundaries of 18 miles (29 km) in the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
and 12 miles (19 km) in the Gulf of Mexico.[7][8] According to the International Boundary and Water Commission,[9] this continental border follows the middle of the Rio Grande—according to the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
between the two nations, "along the deepest channel" (also known as the thalweg)—from its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico
Mexico
a distance of 1,255 miles (2,020 km) to a point just upstream of El Paso
El Paso
and Ciudad Juárez.[10] It then follows an alignment westward overland and it is marked by monuments for a distance of 534 miles (859 km) to the Colorado
Colorado
River, when it reaches its highest elevation at the intersection with the Continental Divide. It then follows the middle of that river toward the north with a distance of 24 miles (39 km), and ultimately follows an alignment overland toward the west and marked by monuments with a distance of 141 miles (227 km) to the Pacific Ocean. Per the La Paz Agreement,[11] the official "border area" (sometimes called border region[12]) extends "100 kilometers [62.5 miles] on either side of the inland and maritime boundaries" from the Gulf of Mexico
Mexico
west into the Pacific Ocean. There is also a 100-mile Border Zone. The region is characterized by deserts, rugged hills, abundant sunshine, and two major rivers—the Colorado
Colorado
and the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
(Río Bravo del Norte)—which provide life-giving water to the largely arid but fertile lands along the rivers in both countries.

Border
Border
Patrol patrolling the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
in an airboat in Laredo, Texas

The start of the border fence in the state of New Mexico—just west of El Paso, Texas

U.S. Border
Border
Patrol helicopter along El Camino del Diablo, Arizona– Sonora
Sonora
border, 2004

Border
Border
between Nogales, Arizona, on the left, and Nogales, Sonora, on the right

On the left: Nogales, Arizona; on the right, Nogales, Sonora

Beach in Tijuana
Tijuana
at the border

Border
Border
states[edit]

Vehicle barrier in the New Mexico
Mexico
desert

The U.S. states along the border, from west to east, are California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The Mexican states along the border are Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. Among the U.S. states, Texas
Texas
has the longest stretch of the border with Mexico, while California
California
has the shortest. Among the states in Mexico, Chihuahua has the longest border with the United States, while Nuevo León
Nuevo León
has the shortest. Texas
Texas
borders four Mexican states—Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, and Chihuahua—the most of any U.S. states. New Mexico
Mexico
and Arizona each borders two Mexican states (Chihuahua and Sonora; Sonora
Sonora
and Baja California, respectively). California
California
borders only Baja California. Three Mexican states border two U.S. states each: Baja California borders California
California
and Arizona; Sonora
Sonora
borders Arizona
Arizona
and New Mexico; and Chihuahua borders New Mexico
Mexico
and Texas. Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, and Coahuila
Coahuila
each borders only one U.S. state: Texas. Border
Border
crossing checkpoints[edit] For a more comprehensive list, see List of Mexico–United States border crossings.

Climbing the Mexico– United States
United States
barrier fence in Brownsville, Texas

The border separating Mexico
Mexico
and the United States
United States
is the most frequently crossed international boundary in the world,[3][1][4] with approximately 350 million legal crossings taking place annually.[1][2][13] There are 48 U.S.– Mexico
Mexico
border crossings, with 330 ports of entry. At these points of entry, people trying to get into the U.S. are required to open their bags for inspection.[14] Border
Border
crossings take place by roads, pedestrian walkways, railroads and ferries. From west to east, below is a list of the border city "twinnings"; cross-border municipalities connected by one or more legal border crossings.

San Diego, California
California
(San Ysidro) – Tijuana, Baja California ( San Diego–Tijuana
San Diego–Tijuana
Metro) Cross Border
Border
Xpress, Otay Mesa, California – Tijuana International Airport, Baja California Otay Mesa, California – Tijuana, Baja California Tecate, California – Tecate, Baja California Calexico, California – Mexicali, Baja California Andrade, California – Los Algodones, Baja California San Luis, Arizona – San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora Lukeville, Arizona – Sonoyta, Sonora Sasabe, Arizona – Altar, Sonora Nogales, Arizona – Nogales, Sonora Naco, Arizona – Naco, Sonora Douglas, Arizona – Agua Prieta, Sonora Antelope Wells, New Mexico – El Berrendo, Chihuahua Columbus, New Mexico – Palomas, Chihuahua Santa Teresa, New Mexico – San Jerónimo, Chihuahua El Paso, Texas – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
(El Paso-Juarez) Fabens, Texas – Práxedis G. Guerrero, Chihuahua
Práxedis G. Guerrero, Chihuahua
municipality Fort Hancock, Texas – El Porvenir, Chihuahua Presidio, Texas – Ojinaga, Chihuahua Heath Canyon, Texas – La Linda, Coahuila
Coahuila
(closed) Del Rio, Texas – Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila Eagle Pass, Texas – Piedras Negras, Coahuila Laredo, Texas – Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Laredo, Texas – Colombia, Nuevo León Falcon Heights, Texas – Presa Falcón, Tamaulipas Roma, Texas – Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas Rio Grande
Rio Grande
City, Texas – Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas Los Ebanos, Texas – Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Tamaulipas Mission, Texas – Reynosa, Tamaulipas Hidalgo, Texas – Reynosa, Tamaulipas Pharr, Texas – Reynosa, Tamaulipas Donna, Texas – Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas Progreso, Texas – Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas Los Indios, Texas – Matamoros, Tamaulipas Brownsville, Texas – Matamoros, Tamaulipas

The total population of the borderlands—defined as those counties and municipios lining the border on either side—stands at some 12 million people. History[edit] See also: Rio Grande
Rio Grande
border disputes and Adams-Onís Treaty

Map of Mexico
Mexico
in 1842

San Diego
San Diego
together with Tijuana
Tijuana
creates the bi-national San Diego– Tijuana
Tijuana
metropolitan area.

In the mid-16th century, with the discovery of silver, settlers from a various countries and backgrounds began to arrive in the area. This period of sparse settlement included colonizers from different backgrounds. A strong feeling of manifest destiny had arose and began allaying internal political divisions with a sense of inevitable expansion. For example, it was not until after the Mexican–American War and the fulfillment of Manifest Destiny
Manifest Destiny
that the Civil War began in the United States, its most prominent generals on both sides having fought together against Mexico
Mexico
just years earlier. The reason the two countries went to war was that both Mexico
Mexico
and the US wanted Texas
Texas
and California. The United States
United States
wanted Texas
Texas
for its agricultural production, especially cotton, while California
California
was important due to its direct contact with the Pacific. The area was technically part of the Kingdom of New Spain, but due to the lack of population and the diverse citizenry it had, it did not seem to belong to any country. This period lasted until the early 19th century, at which point the United States
United States
bought the lands known as the Louisiana Purchase
Louisiana Purchase
from France
France
and began to expand steadily (militarily) westward in its pursuit of Manifest Destiny.[15]

El Paso
El Paso
(top) and Ciudad Juárez
Ciudad Juárez
(bottom) seen from earth orbit; the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
is the thin line separating the two cities through the middle of the photograph. El Paso
El Paso
and Juarez make up the second largest international metroplex after San Diego
San Diego
and Tijuana.

The border itself was not clearly defined and remained so until the Mexican colony became independent from Spain
Spain
and entered a period of political instability. Mexico
Mexico
attempted to create a buffer zone at the border that would prevent possible invasion from the North. The Mexican government encouraged thousands of their own citizens to settle in the region that is now known as Texas
Texas
and even offered inexpensive land to settlers from the United States
United States
in exchange for populating the area. The influx of people did not provide the defense that Mexico
Mexico
had hoped for and instead Texas
Texas
declared its independence in 1836, which lasted until 1845 when the U.S. annexed it. The constant conflicts in the Texas
Texas
region in the mid-19th century eventually led to the Mexican–American War, which began in 1846 and ended in 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In the terms of the peace treaty, Mexico
Mexico
lost more than 960,000 square miles (2,500,000 km2) of land, 55%[16] of its territory, including what is today California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada
Nevada
and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Oklahoma. In addition, all disputes over Texas
Texas
and the disputed territory between Rio Grande
Rio Grande
and Rio Nueces were abandoned. Five years later the Gadsden Purchase
Gadsden Purchase
completed the creation of the current United States– Mexico
Mexico
border. The purchase was initially to accommodate a planned railway right-of-way. These purchases left approximately 300,000 people living in the once disputed lands, many of whom were Mexican nationals. Following the establishment of the current border a number of towns sprang up along this boundary and many of the Mexican citizens were given free land in the northern regions of Mexico
Mexico
in exchange for returning and repopulating the area.[17] The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
and another treaty in 1884 were the agreements originally responsible for the settlement of the international border, both of which specified that the middle of Rio Grande was the border—irrespective of any alterations in the channels or banks. The Rio Grande
Rio Grande
shifted south between 1852 and 1868, with the most radical shift in the river occurring after a flood in 1864. By 1873 the moving river-center border had cut off approximately 600 acres (2.4 km2) of Mexican territory in the El Paso-Juarez area, in effect transferring the land to the United States. By a treaty negotiated in 1963, Mexico
Mexico
regained most of this land in what became known as the Chamizal dispute
Chamizal dispute
and transferred 264 acres (1.07 km2) in return to the United States. Border
Border
treaties are jointly administered by the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), which was established in 1889 to maintain the border, allocate river waters between the two nations, and provide for flood control and water sanitation. Once viewed as a model of international cooperation, in recent decades the IBWC has been heavily criticized as an institutional anachronism, by-passed by modern social, environmental and political issues.[8] The economic development of the border region on the Mexican side of the border depended largely on its proximity to the United States, due to its remoteness from commercial centers in Mexico. Undocumented labor contributes $395 billion to the economy every year. If undocumented labor in the United States
United States
was largely Hispanic, it would have the same sized national economy as Sweden and rank ahead of countries such as Switzerland, Austria and Singapore and be bigger, in terms of GDP. Immigration reform has been a huge theme in U.S. politics, in recent years. While the U.S. is in favor of immigration, the increase in undocumented immigration has given border-crossing a negative image. There are around 11.5 million undocumented workers in the U.S. today, and 87% of undocumented immigrants have been living in the U.S. for more than 7 years.[18] Basic rules of macroeconomics indicate that as long as there are better opportunities existing in the U.S., immigration and the number of undocumented immigrants will continue to rise. Local economies that develop on the Mexican side capitalize not only on available skills but also on available, usually discarded, materials. Small businesses trade in clothes that are purchased by the pound and cardboard from the United States. Some items, like the used tires found everywhere along the border, are made into certain items that support local economies and define a border.[19] During the years of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz, between 1876 and 1910, the border communities boomed, due mostly to close ties to the United States, and the Mexican government's support for financial investments from the United States.[20] Railroads were built that connected the northern Mexican states more to the United States
United States
than to Mexico
Mexico
and the population grew tremendously. The mining industry also developed, as did the United States’ control of it. By the early 20th century companies from the United States
United States
controlled 81% of the mining industry and had invested five hundred million dollars in the Mexican economy overall, twenty-five percent of it in the border regions.[21]

100-km border region

The Mexican Revolution, caused at least partially by animosity toward foreign ownership of Mexican properties, began in 1910. The Revolution increased the political instability in Mexico, but did not significantly slow United States
United States
investment. It did reduce economic development within Mexico, however, and the border regions reflected this. As the infrastructure of communities on the United States
United States
side continued to improve, the Mexican side began to fall behind in the construction and maintenance of important transportation networks and systems necessary to municipal development.[21] Security[edit] Background[edit] Data from the United States
United States
Border
Border
Patrol Agency's (USBP) 2010 annual report shows that among the total number of illegal border crossings from various countries into the United States, 90 percent were from Mexico
Mexico
alone. In addition, there are more than 6 million undocumented Mexican nationals residing in the United States.[22] The border, with its 1,951 miles (3,140 km) in length, has a very high rate of legal and illegal migrant crossings every year. With such a high rate of people crossing annually to the United States, the country has invested in several distinct security measures. The U.S. Border
Border
Patrol is perhaps the most important security measure. In 2010, due to insecurity and instability at the southern border of the U.S. President Barack Obama signed an appropriation bill, which gave the Customs and Border
Border
Protection, specifically the Border
Border
Patrol, 600 million dollars to implement and improve security. The U.S. government has invested many millions of dollars on border security, although this has not stopped illegal immigrants from entering the United States.[23] Border
Border
enforcement[edit] See also: Illegal immigration to the United States

Border
Border
Patrol agents in southern Texas
Texas
in 2013

While the Border
Border
Patrol has changed a lot since its inception in 1924, its primary mission remains unchanged: to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States. Together with other law enforcement officers, the Border
Border
Patrol helps maintain borders that work - facilitating the flow of legal immigration and goods while preventing the illegal trafficking of people and contraband. In 2012, Border
Border
Patrol agents made over 364,000 arrests of people illegally entering the country. Considerable success has been achieved in restoring integrity and safety to the Southwest border, by putting in place a border-control strategy. These include Operation Gatekeeper in San Diego, CA, Operation Hold the Line in El Paso, TX, Operation Rio Grande in McAllen, TX, Operation Safeguard in Tucson, AZ, and the Arizona
Arizona
Border
Border
Control Initiative (ABCI) along the Arizona border.[18][19][24] The border has the highest number of registered legal crossings of any land border in the world.[3] Over five million cars and trucks travel through the border annually.[25] According to Vulliamy, one in five Mexican nationals will visit or work in the United States
United States
at one point in their lifetime.[25] As of 2010, the border is guarded by more than twenty thousand Border
Border
Patrol agents, more than at any time in its history.[26] However, they only have "effective control" of less than 700 miles (1,100 km) of the 1,954 miles (3,145 km) of total border,[27] with an ability to actually prevent or stop illegal entries along 129 miles (208 km) of that border.[28] The border is paralleled by United States
United States
Border Patrol Interior Checkpoints on major roads generally between 25 and 75 miles (40 and 121 km) from the U.S. side of the border, and garitas generally within 50 km of the border on the Mexican side.[29][30][31]

Drug trafficking tunnel under the U.S.- Mexico
Mexico
border used by the Sinaloa Cartel

There are an estimated half a million illegal entries into the United States each year.[32] Border
Border
Patrol activity is concentrated around border cities such as San Diego
San Diego
and El Paso
El Paso
which have extensive border fencing. This means that the flow of illegal aliens is diverted into rural mountainous and desert areas, leading to several hundred migrant deaths along the Mexico–U.S. border of those attempting to cross into the United States
United States
from Mexico
Mexico
illegally and vice versa.[32] The Secure Fence Act of 2006
Secure Fence Act of 2006
was passed providing for the construction of 700 miles (1,100 km) of high-security fencing. Attempts to complete the construction of the Mexico– United States
United States
barrier have been challenged by the Mexican government and various U.S.–based organizations. In January 2013, the Government Accountability Office
Government Accountability Office
released a report stating that the United States
United States
Border
Border
Patrol only intercepted sixty-one percent of individuals illegally crossing the border in 2011, which translated to 208,813 individuals not apprehended.[33] 85,827 of the 208,813 would go on to illegally enter the United States, while the rest returned to Mexico
Mexico
and other Central American countries.[33] The report also showed that the number of illegal border crossings has dropped.[33] Statistics from the United States
United States
Border
Border
Patrol agency on apprehensions in the last 10 years in the border region show that 91 percent of the apprehensions made were illegal border crossings. Similarly, the U.S. Border
Border
Patrol (USBP) statistics show that 90 percent of the people apprehended along the border were from Mexico. The number of apprehensions along the border with Mexico
Mexico
has dramatically declined from 2001 to 2010 as the United States government increased the number border patrol agents and other facilities along the southwest sectors of the border. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there were about 10,000 agents operating along the border areas in 2004 which was increased to 20,500 agents in 2010. The Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
has also installed new technological equipment at the border including car and air surveillance, surveillance cameras, thermal imaging systems, inspection equipment, and so forth. Illegal border crossing is not the sole cause of illegal immigration to the United States, there are also people from various countries legally entering the United States
United States
and overstaying beyond their visa status who are also considered illegal immigrants. In 2010, there were approximately 11 million immigrants living the United States
United States
that were not authorized. Of the 11 million, 6.1 million people were from Mexico
Mexico
which accounted for 55 percent of the total unauthorized immigrants.[34] Border
Border
incursions[edit]

Border
Border
for pedestrians in Tijuana, Baja California

According to the U.S. Border
Border
Patrol, in the fiscal year of 2006, there were twenty-nine confirmed border incursions by Mexican government officials, of which seventeen were by armed individuals. Since 1996 there have been 253 incursions by Mexican government officials.[35][36][37] In 2014 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed California
California
Representative Duncan D. Hunter
Duncan D. Hunter
that since 2004, there have been 300 documented border incursions, which resulted in 131 individuals being detained.[38] The Washington Times has reported that on Sunday, August 3, 2008, Mexican military personnel who crossed into Arizona
Arizona
from Mexico encountered a U.S. Border
Border
Patrol agent, whom they held at gunpoint. The soldiers later returned to Mexico, as backup Border
Border
Patrol agents came to investigate.[39] Disagreements over need for more resources[edit] Proponents of greater spending on the border argue that continuing the buildup is necessary due to increased violence and drug trafficking[when?] from Mexico
Mexico
spilling into the United States.[40] However, critics such as the Washington Office on Latin America
Washington Office on Latin America
(WOLA) have argued that the diminishing number of border crossings can only be partially attributed to U.S. security measures. Unintentional factors, such as a weakened U.S. economy in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and increased violence in northern Mexico
Mexico
have made attempting illegal border crossings more risky and less rewarding.[41] In context of Trump administration[edit] See also: 2017 Mexico– United States
United States
diplomatic crisis In 2016, Donald Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee in the then forthcoming U.S. election repeatedly stated that he wanted to build a wall along the border, for the purpose of immigration control. He declared that Mexico
Mexico
would be forced to pay for the entire wall.[42][43] Following his Inauguration on January 20, 2017, on January 25 President Trump signed Executive Order 13767
Executive Order 13767
to enable the building of the wall.[44] Shortly afterwards, the Mexican President stated that Mexico
Mexico
will not pay for the wall.[45] Trump had planned to meet Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on January 27 in Washington, D.C. to discuss topics including border security. The meeting was cancelled by Peña Nieto, and shortly after, Trump announced that he intended to impose a 20% tariff on Mexican goods to effectively pay for the wall.[46] As of the end of 2017, Mexico
Mexico
had not entered into any agreement to pay for any amount of the wall, and no new tariffs on Mexican goods had been considered by the U.S. Congress.[47] Also the U.S. Congress had not appropriated funding for a wall, and no further wall construction has started beyond what was already planned during the Obama administration.[47] On September 20, 2017, California
California
Attorney General Becerra filed a lawsuit alleging that the Trump administration
Trump administration
has overstepped its powers in expediting construction of a border wall.[48][49] Proposed wall[edit] Some work on building a wall prototype was started. According to United State Customs and Border
Border
Protection agency, four major construction companies will bid for the contract. These companies will first produce prototypes of the wall within a month prior to receiving a full contract. The cost of each prototype is estimated at $400,000 to $500,000, and the Customs and Border
Border
Protection agency will have $20 million to use to produce these prototypes. President Trump has asked the Congress to assign $1.6 billion to build the wall this year but Congress has only approved $341 million to maintain the existing wall along the border and yet to approve a budget for the newly proposed wall.[50] The exact cost of the newly proposed wall is not clear yet many experts on the issue predicted that it would cost a lot. There are differing opinions and cost estimates of building the wall. The Trump administration has estimated the cost of the wall at $12 billion, but the Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
estimated the cost at $21.6 billion. According to one report, the proposed wall would cost up to $70 billion, a significant difference. There is also no decision made on the actual structure of the wall but according to the Homeland Security Department, the wall would be between 18 and 30 feet high and as deep as 6 feet underground to deter drug traffickers from building tunnels.[51] Dangers of border control[edit]

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As American officials have implemented heavier measures each year in terms of border control in efforts to decrease the number of illegal immigrants crossing over, they have simultaneously contributed to the deaths of thousands. It has been found that typically people who choose to illegally cross the Mexico– United States
United States
border do so because they either have no option to legally or because their options entailed waiting several years for paperwork to process. People make the decision of crossing illegally knowing the danger that lies ahead of them because they are also aware of visa restrictions, which provide citizens of wealthier and more democratic countries with more freedom of movement across international borders. In a world that is full of inequality, it comes as no surprise that people born into poorer countries would want to move to those that are richer and provide more opportunity. Because of this, affluent countries such as America feel the need to enhance visa and border restrictions.[52] However, these efforts have not kept determined migrants out, and instead has raised the death toll to an all-time high. It has been proven that America’s border enforcement largely contributes to the deaths of immigrants each year. From the years of 1994 to 2000, there was a sharp increase of migrant deaths of those trying to gain entry. From 1994 to 2001, there were about 1,700 deaths reported along the Southwest border. This is not including the number of bodies that were not reported, which has undoubtedly increased as border enforcement is heavily concentrated in urban areas and is not as concentrated in areas that are more remote. The most convincing evidence of this is the change in causes of death among those trying to cross the border illegally. From 1995 to 2000, most migrant deaths along the Mexico- California
California
border (308 of them) were caused by “environmental causes.” These include causes such as hypothermia from freezing to death over the mountains, dehydration from long periods of travelling without water, or heat stroke after days of struggling through the desert. In that same span of years, there was also an increase of deaths by drowning. Drowning is also a direct consequence of the strategy of border enforcement because migrants decide to travel by water to avoid the painful and exhausting heat of the desert. During these years, deaths from environmental factors and drowning together contributed to 78% of the total deaths, a percentage that increased sharply from years before.[53] People who are considering traveling across the border illegally are generally aware of the dangers that could be encountered in terms of physical risk, but they remain determined. Of a survey done from December 1999 to May 2000 of 262.989 apprehended migrants returned to Mexico
Mexico
by Border
Border
Patrol, 70% expressed that they had risked their lives somehow during their attempt at crossing the border illegally. Of this same group, 36% expressed that they had experienced extreme heat or cold and 35% had suffered from dehydration and lack of food.[53] Humanitarian Assistance Along the Border[edit] Among the diversity of humanitarian assistance along the U.S.-Mexico border, there are groups who take on a more hands-on approach. The Humane Borders, No More Deaths, and Samaritans are all humanitarian groups that provide water in order to reduce deaths of immigrants who are journeying through the Arizona
Arizona
desert.[54] Despite having a common goal, a policy passed in 2010 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife
federal agency allowed water drums with 55 gallons of water to be placed in roads of disturbed areas, which supports method of Humane Borders and counters the methods of No More Deaths and Samaritans who place one-gallon jugs of water hanging from trees.[55] In contrast, there are other humanitarian groups whose goal is create healthier communities along the U.S.- Mexico
Mexico
border. Due to an incidence rate of HIV and tuberculosis being higher in border towns such as El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
and Ciudad Juarez, Sonora
Sonora
than at the national level in both countries, the Nuestra Casa Initiative, developed with the help of Project Concern International, the US Agency for International Development, the Alliance of Border
Border
Collaborative , Dr. Eva Moya and Damien Schumman, tried to counter the health disparities by using a cross-border strategy that moved around an exhibit prominent in various Museums and universities.[56] Similarly, Special Action Groups as part of the Border
Border
Health Strategic Initiative created by the University of Arizona
Arizona
with other groups helped create a healthier Hispanic community in Arizona
Arizona
border towns by creating policy and infrastructure changes both in the public and private factor.[57] These groups provided humanitarian assistance to counter the prominence of Type 2 diabetes among the Hispanic community since they acquired a block grant for new walking trails and encouraged public elementary schools to provide healthier food choices for students.[58] Not only do these Hispanic communities faced health inequalities, but political inequalities as well. The need for political change was so huge that it has encouraged Hispanic women to engage in activism at a local level. The Neighborhood Action Group in Chula Vista, California is one of the groups of the attracted the help of local Hispanic women to implement a feminist perspective in activism in spite of the social and economic obstacles as well as Assembly Bill No. 775, 2005 that prohibited children being used as interpreters.[59] These humanitarian groups have implemented various strategies to pursue their goals that ultimately try to counter the number of immigrant deaths and abuses in immigrant detention even if it means the criminalization and higher levels of discrimination against them.[60] In regards to the Humanitarian assistance along the U.S.- Mexico
Mexico
border on the Mexico
Mexico
side, most humanitarian groups focus on assisting the deportees. As rates of deportation continue to drastically increase, “the deportation of many individuals is becoming more and more notable” in the streets of Mexico
Mexico
cities[61]. As a result, many humanitarian groups have form along the Mexico
Mexico
cities where undocumented individuals are deported such as Nogales, Mexico. The humanitarian groups consist of faith-based communities and primarily non-profit organizations that assist the exhausted deportees. Not only are the deportees exhausted, but also many of them do not have any resources with them such as money, food, or family information that can help them. This often times leads them to be homeless and go days without eating. They often go homeless because they "do not know where to turn to receive a meal, find shelter and to make a phone call" [62]. Along with them arriving without those resources, many immigrants "find themselves in distress" due to the fact that they arrive to Mexico
Mexico
emotionally and psychologically devastated [63]. Contributing factors that might have caused them to be devastated can either be that they were separated from "their family members or the inability to work legally in the United States"[64]. Therefore, the primary purpose of the humanitarian groups on the Mexico
Mexico
side of the border is to create a pathway for transitional support such as providing the deportees food, shelter, clothing, legal help and social services [61]. In addition, there are humanitarian groups that provides meals and shelter to deportees according to their deportation documents. Humanitarian groups along the border in Mexico
Mexico
are El Comedor, Nazareth House, Camino Juntos, La 72, and FM4: Paso Libre. Border
Border
zone policies[edit] Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Secure Border
Border
Initiative[edit]

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A U.S. Army National Guard
Army National Guard
member working with the U.S. Border
Border
Patrol in support of Operation Jump Start, Arizona, July 2006

A National Border
Border
Patrol Strategic Plan was first developed in 1994 to deal with the fact that borders were being overrun by illegal immigrants and drug dealers. It was then updated in 2004 and 2012. In 2004 the updated strategy focused on command structures, intelligence and surveillance, enforcement and deployment of U.S. Border
Border
Patrol agents to better respond to threats at the border. The strategic planning led to broader policy development for the Department of Homeland Security which led to the Secure Border
Border
Initiative (SBI) in 2005 to secure U.S. borders and reduce illegal migration. The main components of SBI dealt with staffing concerns, removal capacity, surveillance and tactical infrastructure and interior enforcement.[65] An additional component was “high consequence enforcement”, which was not the subject of a formal public policy document. There was the allowance, historically, for voluntary returns of individuals apprehended at the border by Border
Border
Patrol agents. These voluntary returns, after the SBI of 2005, were limited to three “high consequence outcomes”.[65] One "high consequence outcome" was formal removal, which meant the individual would be deemed ineligible for a visa for at least five years and subject to criminal charges if caught re-entering illegally. The Immigration and Nationality Act permitted aliens to be formally removed with “limited judicial processing” known as expedited removal. The Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
has expanded between 2002 and 2006, expedited removal for “certain aliens that entered within previous two weeks and were apprehended within 100 miles (160 km) of the border”.[65] Another “high consequence outcome” is the increase in criminal charges. Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
has also worked with the Department of Justice to increase the number of apprehended individuals crossing the border illegally who are charged with criminal offenses. Most of these cases are prosecuted under Operation Streamline.[65] The third “high consequence outcome” is known as remote repatriation. This is the return of apprehended Mexicans to remote locations by Border
Border
Patrol rather than the nearest Mexican port of entry.[65] 100-mile border zone[edit]

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Members of the North Carolina Army National Guard
Army National Guard
monitoring the U.S.- Mexico
Mexico
border in southwest Arizona

Regulations establishing the 100-mile (160 km) zone were adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice as the result of an interpretation of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1953.[66] Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) officials have authority for stop and search within this 100 miles (160 km) from any external boundary. This allows for CBP officials to enter private property without a warrant within 25 miles (40 km) of the border as well as the operation of checkpoints.[67] The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable search and seizure; however, according to the government this does not fully apply at borders or border crossings (also known as ports of entry). This means that much of the U.S. population is subject to CBP regulations for stop and search. The 100 Mile Border Zone includes two thirds of the population, a majority of the largest cities in the U.S. and several entire states (namely Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, and New Jersey).[66] There are some limits to CBP officials ability to stop and search. For instance CBP officials are not allowed to pull anyone over without a reasonable suspicion of immigration violation or crime, or search vehicles without warrant or probable cause. The ACLU, however, found that CBP officials routinely ignore or misunderstand the limits of authority, and this is compounded by inadequate training, lack of oversight and failure to hold officials accountable for abuse—incidence of abuse is common.[66] Operation Streamline[edit] Main article: Operation Streamline

Federal courthouse in Tucson, AZ, where Operation Streamline proceedings take place

Operation Streamline
Operation Streamline
refers collectively to zero-tolerance policies implemented at the Mexico–U.S. border that seek to remove undocumented immigrants through an expedited process if they have arrived with missing or fraudulent identification or have previously been convicted for an immigration crime.[68]

ICE ERO officers deporting a man wanted for two murders in Mexico

History[edit] Operation Streamline
Operation Streamline
was first implemented in Del Rio, Texas, in 2005.[69] The program has since expanded to four out of the five federal judicial districts on the U.S.- Mexico
Mexico
border: Yuma, Arizona; Laredo, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; and Rio Grande
Rio Grande
Valley, Texas.[68][70] Previously, immigrants apprehended at the border were either given the option to voluntarily return to their home country or they were placed in civil immigration proceedings.[68] After Operation Streamline
Operation Streamline
was implemented, nearly all people apprehended at the border who are suspected of having crossed illegally are subject to criminal prosecution.[70] Defendants who are charged with crossing into the U.S. illegally are tried en masse to determine their guilt.[69] Defense attorneys often are responsible for representing anywhere from six to forty immigrants at once.[69] Around 99% of defendants in Operation Streamline
Operation Streamline
proceedings plead guilty.[68] The defendants are charged with a misdemeanor if convicted of crossing the border illegally for the first time, and a felony if it is a repeat offense.[69] In December 2009, it was decided in United States
United States
v. Roblero-Solis that en masse judicial proceedings like those in Operation Streamline violated Rule 11 in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Rule 11 states that the court must determine that a guilty plea is voluntarily made by addressing the defendant personally in court. The Roblero-Solis case determined that “personally” means that the judge must address the defendant in a person-to-person manner. Though many courts have changed their procedures to adapt to the ruling, there are still forms of en masse trials practiced at the border.[69] Support and criticisms[edit] Proponents of Operation Streamline
Operation Streamline
claim that the harsher prosecution has been an important factor in deterring immigrants from crossing the border illegally. Apprehensions have decreased in certain sectors after 2005, which is seen as a sign of success. For example, the Del Rio, Texas, sector saw a decline from 2005 to 2009 of 75% (from 68,510 to 17,082). Similarly, apprehensions declined in Yuma, Arizona, by 95% (from 138,438 to 6,951) from 2006 to 2009.[70] Criticisms of Operation Streamline
Operation Streamline
point to the program’s heavy use of federal court and enforcement resources as a negative aspect.[70] In addition, the prosecution of all illegal border crossings takes the focus away from prosecuting more serious crimes.[70] They claim that the program’s cost is too high for the effectiveness of the work it is accomplishing.[69] In response to the claim that Operation Streamline is an effective deterrent, critics of the program claim that the incentives to cross the border in order to work or be with family are much stronger.[69] Environment[edit] Further information: Environmental issues along the Mexico–United States border History[edit] The Agreement on Cooperation for the Protection and Improvement of the Environment in the Border
Border
Area, known as the La Paz Agreement, was signed into law on August 14, 1983, and became enforceable on February 16, 1984.[71] This agreement to protect the environment is the political foundation between the U.S. and Mexico
Mexico
for 4 subsequent programs. Each program has addressed environmental destruction in the border region resulting from the rise of the maquiladora industries, those who migrated to Northern Mexico
Mexico
to work in the industries, the lack of infrastructure to accommodate the people, Mexico's lax regulations concerning all these factors, the resulting spillover into the U.S., and the U.S.'s own environmentally destructive tendencies. The programs were: IBEP (1992), Border
Border
XXI (1996), Border
Border
2012 (2003) and Border
Border
2020 (2012).[72] Impacts of Border
Border
Wall on Wildlife[edit] In 2006, during the presidency of George W. Bush, Congress approved Secure Fence Act which allowed the Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
to erect a border fence along the United State and Mexico
Mexico
border. A total of $2.2 billion was allocated to building this wall in five different areas of the border. Congress also approved a different law called the REAL ID Act
REAL ID Act
which gave the Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
the approval to build the wall without taking into consideration the environmental and legal issues related to the wall. The United States Congress insisted that the act was passed for the sake of national security of the United States.[73] According to a delegation of Arizona
Arizona
park and refuge managers, wildlife biologists, and conservationists who studied the United State and Mexico
Mexico
border concluded that building a wall along the Mexico border will also have negative impacts on the natural environment in the region. They argued that the border wall will negatively affect the wildlife in the Sonoran Desert
Sonoran Desert
including plants and animals. Naturally, animals do not tend to stay in one place and instead, they expedite to various places for water, plants, and other means in order to survive. The wall would restrict animals to a specific territory and would reduce their chances of survival. According to Brian Segee, a staff attorney with Wildlife
Wildlife
Activists says that except high flying birds, the rest of the animals would not be able to move to other places due to the wall along the border. For instance, participants in this study argued that some of the animal kinds such as javelinas, ocelots, and Sonoran pronghorn
Sonoran pronghorn
would not be able to freely move along the border areas. It would also restrict the movement of jaguars from Sierra Madre Occidental forests to the southwestern parts of the United States. According to Brian Nowicki, a conservation biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, there are 30 animal species living in the Arizona
Arizona
and Sonora
Sonora
that face danger and their movement to find new habitat and sources of survival would be restricted by the border wall.[73] Travel[edit]

Passport
Passport
stamp upon arrival in Tijuana, Baja California
California
land border crossing

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative[edit] Main article: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative In late 2006, the United States
United States
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) announced a rule regarding new identification requirements for U.S. citizens and international travelers entering the United States implemented on January 23, 2007. This final rule and first phase of the WHTI specifies nine forms of identification, one of which is required to enter the United States
United States
by air: a valid passport; a passport card; a state enhanced driver's license or state enhanced non-driver ID card (available in Michigan, New York, Vermont, and Washington[74]) approved by the Secretary of Homeland Security; a trusted traveler program card (NEXUS, FAST, or SENTRI); an enhanced tribal identification card; a Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card; Form I-872 – American Indian Card; a valid Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business; or a valid U.S. military identification card when traveling on official orders.[75][76][77][78]

The San Ysidro border crossing
San Ysidro border crossing
between San Diego
San Diego
and Tijuana

The Mexico– United States
United States
border is the world's busiest border, specifically the crossing at San Diego, California, to Tijuana, Baja California
California
(15.6 miles between the cities), known as the San Ysidro Port of Entry.[79] In the U.S., Interstate 5
Interstate 5
crosses directly to Tijuana, and the highway's southern terminus is this crossing. In 2005, more than 17 million vehicles and 50 million people entered the U.S. through San Ysidro.[80][81][82][83] Among those who enter the United States
United States
through San Ysidro
San Ysidro
are transfronterizos, American citizens who live in Mexico
Mexico
and attend school in the United States.[84] Along the coast of Baja California, there are neighborhoods of Americans living in Tijuana, Rosarito Beach, and Ensenada, whose residents commute to the United States
United States
daily to work.[85] Additionally, many Mexicans also enter the United States
United States
to commute daily to work.[86] In 1999, 7.6% of the labor force of Tijuana
Tijuana
was employed in San Diego.[87] Barrier[edit] Main article: Mexico– United States
United States
barrier The U.S. government had plans in 2006, during the Bush administration, to erect a border fence along the Mexico–U.S. border. The controversial proposal included creating many individual fences. Almost 600 miles (970 km) of fence was constructed, with each of the individual fences composed of steel and concrete.[25] In between these fences are infrared cameras and sensors, National Guard soldiers, and SWAT teams on alert, giving rise to the term "virtual fence".[25] Construction on the fence began in 2006, with each mile costing the U.S. government about $2.8 million.[14] In 2010, the initiative was terminated due to costs, after having completed 640 miles (1,030 km) of either barrier fence or vehicle barriers, that were either new or had been rebuilt over older, inferior fencing. The Boeing-built SBI-net systems of using radar, watchtowers, and sensors (without a fence or physical barrier) were scrapped for being over budget, full of glitches, and far behind schedule.[88]

The U.S.– Mexico
Mexico
border fence near El Paso, Texas

Portion of border near Jacumba, California, in 2003

Portion of border near Jacumba, California, in 2009 with enhanced security

Veterinary inspections[edit] When animals are imported from one country to another, there is the possibility that diseases and parasites can move with them. Thus, most countries impose animal health regulations on the import of animals. Most animals imported to the United States
United States
must be accompanied by import permits obtained in advance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and/or health certification papers from the country of origin. Veterinary inspections are often required, and are available only at designated ports;[89] advance contact with port veterinarians is recommended.[90] Animals crossing the United States– Mexico
Mexico
border may have a country of origin other than the country where they present for inspection. Such animals include those from the U.S. that cross to Mexico
Mexico
and return, and animals from other countries that travel overland through Mexico
Mexico
or the U.S. before crossing the border. Crossing from Mexico
Mexico
to the United States[edit] APHIS imposes precautions to keep out several equine diseases, including glanders, dourine, equine infectious anemia (EIA), equine piroplasmosis (EP), Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE), and contagious equine metritis (CEM).[91] APHIS also checks horses to prevent the introduction of ticks and other parasites. In the Lower Rio Grande
Rio Grande
Valley, U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
inspectors look for horses and livestock that stray across the border carrying ticks. These animals are often called wetstock, and the inspectors are referred to as tickriders.[92] Per APHIS, horses originating from Canada can enter the United States with a Canadian government veterinary health certificate and a negative test for EIA.[91] Horses from Mexico
Mexico
must have a health certificate; pass negative tests for EIA, dourine, glanders, and EP at a USDA import center; and undergo precautionary treatments for external parasites at the port of entry. Horses from other Western Hemisphere countries must have the same tests as those from Mexico and, except for horses from Argentina, must be held in quarantine for at least seven days as a check for VEE. APHIS imposes similar testing and certification requirements on horses from other parts of the world but without the quarantine for VEE. These horses are held in quarantine—usually three days—or until tests are completed. Because the disease equine piroplasmosis (equine babesiosis) is endemic in Mexico
Mexico
but not established in the United States,[93] transportation of horses from Mexico
Mexico
to the United States requires evaluation of horses for the presence of this disease. Transportation of horses from Mexico
Mexico
to the United States
United States
normally requires at least three days in quarantine, which is incompatible with most recreational equestrian travel across the border. A leading exception to this rule is the special waiver obtained by riders participating in the Cabalgata Binacional Villista (see cavalcade). Crossing from the United States
United States
to Mexico[edit] Import from the United States
United States
to Mexico
Mexico
requires evidence within the prior 45 days of freedom from equine infectious anemia, among other requirements.[94] In August 2015, Mexico
Mexico
began enforcing a rule that all foreign citizens that plan to stay in the country for more than seven days or are travelling on business will have to pay a 330 peso (21 dollar) fee and show their passport.[95][96][97] See also[edit]

Mexico
Mexico
portal United States
United States
portal International relations portal

Mexico– United States
United States
barrier 2017 Mexico– United States
United States
diplomatic crisis Border
Border
Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 List of municipalities (municipios) and counties on the Mexico– United States
United States
border Migrant deaths along the Mexico– United States
United States
border Secure Fence Act of 2006 Sexual assault of migrants from Latin America to the United States Treaty of Limits (Mexico–United States) United States
United States
Border
Border
Patrol interior checkpoints Border
Border
War (1910–19) Operation Jump Start Operation Phalanx (2010-2016) Canada– United States
United States
border

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Visa policy

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Government organizations

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Supreme Court cases

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v. Wong Kim Ark (1898) United States
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v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923) United States
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Related issues and events

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