Study: Mexican Migrants Aren’t Deterred by Border Fences


The Senate passed an immigration bill in June that would devote $46.3 billion to border fencing, drones, and agents.

All that enforcement power won’t necessarily stop unauthorized crossers, though, according to a report published this week in the American Sociological Review.

Based on Mexican survey data, the report found that Mexican migrants crossing illegally are more likely to consider things like the job market in Mexico and the perceived danger of crossing when deciding to enter the U.S. They’re less concerned with getting caught or punished.