“Over the past 10 years, traversing the U.S.–Mexico border illegally has become increasingly dangerous for would-be immigrants,” a new Heritage Foundation report explains. “Illegal immigrants face kidnapping, murder, and rape at the hands of violent drug cartels and ever more ruthless human smugglers,” while hundreds die of heat exhaustion and dehydration.
But that’s not the only cost of illegal immigration, Heritage’s Ray Walser, Jena McNeill and Jessica Zuckerman argue. “It is costly to societies and nations as a whole.”
To fight illegal immigration and reduce the toll on human lives, they recommend a far-reaching program that includes increased border security, a rejection of amnesty for illegal immigrants, revised immigration procedures, plus new diplomatic efforts to foster reforms and crack down on human smuggling in Latin America.
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