The Third Country
The Border Patrol State, by Leslie Marmon Silko, describes the author’s experience with life on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Once known as a place that could be roamed freely, the I.N.S. has invested millions of dollars to strengthen border security, creating 10 foot high steal fences, and adding hundreds of patrol officers to border posts. The effect that this has on preventing illegal immigration is little to none, and is now corrupted with murder and violence. Silko believes that borders are a wayst of time and money, and that we should change our focus to something else, “The great human migration within the Americas cannot be stopped; human beings are natural forces of earth,”. “Flor de Muertes” and “The Space in Between” also discuss life on the border, and their similar outlook on the governments decision to strengthen border patrol, that ultimately raises crime rate, and inhuman decisions made by the higher power. All of these stories take their own stance on the problems associated with the border, but they all come to the same conclusion that the border has created a destructive environment in the areas associated with the U.S. - Mexico Border, and the days of freedom were much better. Silko uses her experience of being interrogated by border police while traveling the highways of New Mexico and Arizona, to demonstrate how the days of having the sensation of absolute freedom on the open road are now gone.
With the increase in drug trafficking, the border has upped its security. Hiring several hundred more patrol officers, and strengthening border walls, the United States has done everything possible to separate itself from Mexico. Along with the increase in security, cases have started to arise of bodies being discovered south of Tucson. Speculations have been made that these are from patrol officers killing those who run, “drug runners”. Silko describes the fear that has been created from such cases, and those who...
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