A Brief Note On The Border Between The United States And Mexico

1326 WordsDec 6, 20156 Pages
Collapse Southwestern Border On the South Western border of the United States roughly 2000 immigrants cross the border illegally from Mexico every day. The vast majority of these immigrants are seeking financial security and a safer life in the United States however, some are coming over to traffic weapons and drugs for gangs and cartels. It is these few individuals that have caused the U.S. government to pursue a multi-billion dollar defense along the border. The border between the United States and Mexico consists of 1,952 miles of land border that divides a “first” world and “third” world nation. Any border is an environment of opportunity. People flock to borders around the world to exploit the regions’ resources and people. There are always plenty of people at the borders of nations to build large factories, or to traffic narcotics and weapons into neighboring nations. The Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty in 1848 and the Gadsden Purchase in 1853 dictated the border between the United States and Mexico. The people of the region that surrounds both the United States and Mexican sides of the border have a very similar past. The original inhabitants were Native American societies, then the Spanish came to the “New World” and, by a perceived divine right, took the land away from the natives and claimed the land for Spain. After the Spanish settled into the area the English speaking nations came and claimed the lands from the earlier Spanish settlers and Native Americans who
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