Group Project: U.S.-Mexico Border. Alexa Seychel Cortney Becklin Danil Churzin Andrew Dymond. History: Independence. Mexico: 1810-1821 Mexicans fought for independence from Spanish Conquistadors Signing of Treaty of Cordoba recognized Mexican Independence. United States: 1776-1789
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*12.7 million Mexican immigrants lived in the United States in 2008, of which 55% were illegal.
*The average Mexican hourly wage is $4.15 and about 40% of the Mexican population is below the poverty line.
*Immigrants generally come to the U.S. for a better life.
*A ‘coyote’ is someone who specializes in human smuggling, bringing people across the United States from Mexico.
*Several thousands have died crossing the U.S. and Mexico border since 1994.
Acquiring permanent resident status requires:
*Over $1,400 in fees
*Affidavit of Support
*Illegal immigrants are identified by trained officers during corrections, highway patrol, or criminal investigations and set on their way to deportation.
*The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spent about $219 million in 2008 to remove 34,000 illegal immigrants.
Ideal Border Fence that extremists would like to see across the entire U.S.-Mexico Border