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Jorge, an Aztec Native American from Mexico City, waits to cross into the U.S. Jorge has been crossing the border either legally or illegally for 20 years. After losing his green card over a battery conviction, he must now return illegally to his home in Northern California.

Behind him, Asta Bandera, another crossing point along the main road to

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Baja California Sur. Clearly visible, the wall erected in 1992 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers serves as a reminder of the futility of trying to stop illegal immigration into the U.S. It is easily scaled and many small openings designed to let raw sewage seep through to the other side allow easy access to anyone wishing to cross. Built primarily as a public relations stunt out of material used for desert landing strips left over from the Gulf War, the wall's primary function is to reassure the public that the U.S. government is trying to stop illigal immigration. From the comfort of your living room the wall looks like a deterrent; at least that's the uneasy consensus amongst immigration officials.

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