Thousands of Mexicans illegally cross the U.S. border each year. The protective barrier erected on the border between the two countries does not screen the United States from illegal migrants, who continue to overcome new obstacles in search of a better life.
The U.S.-Mexican border spans more than 3,000 kilometers of mountains, deserts, and tunnels. Over recent years, some stretches of the border have been reinforced with protective barriers. A wall was erected in order to reduce the flow of drug trafficking and illegal migrants into the USA. However, it is no hindrance for the Mexicans. In search of a better life, they use ladders to negotiate these new obstacles.
The border guards have to admit that they do not have enough resources to combat illegal migration: the barrier is easy to climb, and officers are unable to cope with large groups of migrants. While patrols call for reinforcements, migrants frequently escape. The sea border between Tijuana and California is even easier to cross: border guards report that it is not uncommon for migrants to swim around the fence to the other side or paddle surf boards loaded with drugs to U.S. territory.