Argument 3

Another problem complicating the economy and relations between the two countries is terrorism. After 911, the U.S. needed to take more precautions against terrorism. Technology and better surveillance tools were used to catch more illegal immigrants, but the illegal immigrants also changed their tactics. The use of Coyotes (a term for smugglers who help people cross the border illegally) increased dramatically in recent years. So, in a way, the illegal immigration problem is like the game whack-a-mole. You whack one problem down and another one pops up somewhere else.
That’s exactly what has happened in California. With the increased border patrol effort in California, the illegal immigration problem has sprung up in Arizona.
As a result, a lot of Mexicans are braving the vast desert territory along the Mexico/Arizona border to get into the U.S. Unfortunately, many are also dying of dehydration and sun exposure because of it.
What if the level of border patrols and surveillance used in California stretched the length of the Mexican/U.S. border? Perhaps a beefed up border would prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from crossing into the U.S.
Along with the risks of death and injury to illegal immigrants, there is a major costs to both nations. Every year, Mexicans die trying to cross the border into the U.S. (about 300 to 400 Mexicans per year). Many die during the summer months crossing the desert. They die from heat exposure and dehydration.  As a result, American tax dollars are paying for illegal immigrants incarcerated in U.S. prisons. If Mexicans are hurt in the effort to enter the U.S. illegally, our nation is obligated to provide them healthcare. Because of these and other related problems between the two nations, tension is growing and further souring U.S./Mexican relations.

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