‘No’ by Alfie Howarth, Age 14, Year 9, Fallibroome Academy

Everyday people are finding ways to get around borders to different countries for many reasons. Illegal immigration is a huge problem in many countries, they simply can’t afford and don’t have the space for these people. One of the main causes for illegal immigration is wars in other countries causing people to flee their home, most of the time in very dangerous ways. The group, Border Angels, estimates that since 1994, about 10,000 people have died in their attempt to cross the border. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 8,050 people have died crossing the U.S–Mexico border between 1998 and 2020. In 2005, more than 500 died across the entire U.S.–Mexico border.

The US-Mexico border is one of the biggest in the world measuring 1,951 miles long and 4.1-8.1 metres high. It is the busiest border in the world with 6,000-7,000 people crossing per day.