An unusual amusement park attraction in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo offers visitors the thrills and chills of an illegal border crossing. The attraction takes visitors through a fake United States-Mexico border, complete with fake smugglers and fake border patrol agents.
The aim is to dissuade would be migrants from making the trip. The
coyote, or smuggler, leading this simulated illegal border crossing used
the name Simon and wore a face mask. Before setting off, he addressed
his charges that evening, about 40 students from a private school in
"Tonight we're going to talk about migration," Simon said in Spanish.
"But for us it isn't just something rhetorical, but rather the
opposite. Because we have endured, we have suffered, of hunger, thirst,
injustice, heat, cold, we have suffered from everything."
Then, under the cover of night, Simon herded them into the woods, toward the fake frontera.