By: Hunter Simonson Border of Mexico and U.S.
About the Border • The border between the U.S. and Mexico stretches 1,969 miles long. • It also splits the Rio Grande in half down the middle of the river.
About the Border Continued • The border runs from San Diego, California to Brownsville, Texas. • It is the most commonly passed international border in the world. • Around 350 million crossings every year.
History • People started to show up in the 16th century because the discovery of silver. • At first the land didn’t belong to either country because the population wasn’t very high.
Border Control • The border has the 2nd highest of both legal and illegal crossing of any border only behind the U.S. and Canada. • It is guarded by over 20 thousand border patrol agents.
Border Control Continued • There are about half a million illegal entries into the U.S. per year. • The border patrol is located in the bigger cities along the border.
Fun Facts • There are 42 border crossings. • There was a fence dividing the two that was 640 miles long but then was torn down because of costly reasons. • The Rio Grande makes up for over half of the border. • Around 11.8 million people live in the U.S.- Mexico border area.
Bibliography • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico_%E2%80%93_United_States_border#History • http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/migrations/bord/intro.html • http://www.migrationinformation.org/feature/display.cfm?ID=407