Mexico and the United States Continued (4)


These illegal immigrants (or"illegal aliens") often swim across the Rio Grande River, in order to enter the U.S., and for this reason they now have the nickname "Mojado" (Spanish for "wetback") because they get wet when crossing the river that separates Texas and Mexico.

It is important to know that the trip to the United States is dangerous for many reasons.

For one, the crossers can be arrested by the U.S. Deparment of Homeland Security (the government department that protects the border area).

Also, the trip is very costly.  So, when a Mexican is sent back to Mexico by the security teams it costs them a lot of money to try the trip a second time.

Another danger is that thieves (people who steal, often violently) and robbers attack, rape (have sex with someone when the person does not want to have sex) and steal from the border crossers.

Those from Southern Mexico have a long trip to the north sleeping on trains and walking through towns where they know no one.

They are often beaten and have all of their money taken from them.  If one is lucky enough to finally cross the border, it is not uncommon to die in the extreme heat of the deserts of Arizona or Texas while trying to reach a town 10 or 20 km north of the border.                       (J.F)

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