From Topawa, we headed down to the Mexican-American border with Peter and the class. Of everything we had planned for the trip, I was most intrigued to visit the border. All I’ve ever seen, as I’m sure most folks in the class relate to, is what the media has portrayed about the border, so it was interesting to actually be there, face to face, with the Mexican border.
I think the topic is rather interesting, and of course, it’s something that we should be thinking about today, given the border’s relevance in modern politics. For the O’odham, I see how the border must be a frustrating reality. For the entire country, the Mexican-American border is a frustrating reality, though perhaps less directly pertinent given you or I’s little interaction with the actual border.
I think it’s safe to say that all or most of us agree that border security is important, no matter how stringent or not that security is. The question for the United States is: how can we maximize national security while minimizing hardship for immigrants and citizens? And for the Tohono O’odham, the question is the same, except they might add the question of how to preserve sacred, long-standing culture in border protection as well.
The question is long held and will likely be debated for years to come. Personally, I think the United States needs to legalize pot and deal with its opioid crisis if it has any hope of stunting drug smuggling and crime along the border. As for illegal migrant crossings, I couldn’t tell you what the solution is. I can, however, recommend ample communication and planning on the part of the United States government and the Tohono O’odham Nation.
In other words, Eric S. crossed the border in broad daylight and then hopped back into the US. Is he a federal criminal? Comment down below.