Markets in everything, Mexican edition

by on August 24, 2006 at 9:46 am in Economics | Permalink

Here is a nice, relaxing vacation idea for my wife:

The 20 or so people fleeing the Border Patrol aren’t undocumented immigrants – they’re tourists about 700 miles from the border.  Most are well-heeled professionals more likely to travel to the United States in an airplane than on foot.

They’ve each paid 150 pesos – about $15 – for what is perhaps Mexico’s strangest tourist attraction: A night as an illegal immigrant crossing the Rio Grande.

Advertising for the mock journey, which takes place at a nature park in the central state of Hidalgo, tells the pretend immigrants to "Make fun of the Border Patrol!" and to "Cross the Border as an Extreme Sport!"

As craven as the advertising sounds, the organizers say they are trying to build empathy for migrants by putting people in their shoes.

Here is the full story.  Here is an interesting recent article on sympathy.

David Malmstrom August 24, 2006 at 2:34 pm

In Miami we drive up to Tampa for the same thrill… congo river rapids = Gulf Stream

Steve Sailer August 24, 2006 at 5:31 pm

Ah, yes, the indiscreet charm of the Mexican bourgeiosie …

Kendra August 28, 2006 at 2:35 pm

I found this article quite interesting but at the same time very strange. I dont believe that the tourists are going to look at this as the real thing but instead think of it as a game and an adventure. If the tourist to get some knowledge of this illegal immigrants and what they go through then maybe it is well worth the time and effort. I just dont believe that there should be illegal immigrants crossing the border in the first place. If I was in Mexico, then I probably would not attend this strange tourist attraction.

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