The American Dream has drawn countless people to the US-Mexico border in search of better opportunities and a prosperous life. But behind the promised land of opportunity lies a challenging and often discouraging reality. The long lines that stretch across the border must be a tangible reminder of living in the United States. That is, the sacrifice that people are willing to make, and start the time in the process of crossing the border.
We just imagine ourselves standing in an endless line of eager visitors and US citizens. For many, this plot represents a constant battle for survival and desperate search opportunities. Those who are first and second generations and do not find better hope in the northern region, are forced to live alone across the border in Tijuana.
Waiting in line at the border has become a central part of daily life for those wishing to enter the United States. Surprisingly, they spend an average of 60 hours a month on this process, which translates to 720 hours a year. Over the course of 20 years, which roughly represents the useful life of a working person, it is estimated to be about 14,400 hours, equivalent to 600 days or about 2 years of your life, simply waiting in line. Although it can be argued that everything is paid for in life time, because we work at the end of profit, yet you are just there waiting in line, and you do not gain anything from it.
After these numbers, lives are ruined, opportunities are missed and dreams slowly disappear. Those who are in these verses must use their energy, energy and hope to seek a better life.
This situation also highlights the inequality and lack of existing resources in Mexico and the United States. Those who are forced to wait for endless hours bear witness to the economic and social differences between the two countries. Frustration and a sense of injustice are growing when they see how their neighbors enjoy a successful life across the border, especially those English people who have the best opportunities.
In this sense, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu says that inequalities are perpetuated and reproduced through education, culture and economics. Bourdieu argues that inequality is not simply the result of individual differences or individual capabilities, but is implicated in broader social and symbolic structures.
Life itself is the price that many are willing to cross the borders of the earth. Endless lines and time are wasted unless a small fraction of people face the cost. Behind each in that order is a story, a struggle, and a desire for a better life. It is therefore necessary to consider these factors and to submit to the causes of migration and inequality.