Saturday, July 10, 2010
Illegal Immigration: Now an Amusement Park
"Come hiking in the beautiful desert hills and river valleys of Parque EcoAlberto, just three hours north of Mexico City -- at night, while being chased. The Caminata Nocturna, or night hike, is meant to simulate what it's like for the thousands of Mexicans that attempt the illegal border crossing into the United States each year. And the local Hñahñu Indians, who run the simulation, should know: Hundreds of their fellow men and women have made the dangerous journey. For well-heeled denizens of Mexico City and a few foreign tourists, it's a chance to see how the other half lives. Border Patrol agents emerge out of the darkness in pickup trucks, sirens blaring, firing guns loaded with blanks -- while visitors run for cover, ducking behind cacti, and scrambling under fences."