I accidentally almost entered illegally. I went into Mexico to go shopping at a small town about 30 years ago. On the way back, I went a different, more rural route and got lost. I found another dirt road and took it to get back to the border. Luckily, one of the locals told me that road wouldn’t lead me back to a port of entry but instead to a gully with trails used by smugglers to cross illegally. I probably would’ve kept going and crossed without realizing I had already done so, thinking sooner or later it would lead me to a main road that would take me back to the port of entry. Had I been apprehended, I could’ve been charged for entry without inspection. That scenario is one reason why I argue due process should be provided.
But aside from that, I think it’s immoral to indiscriminately shoot unarmed people illegally crossing. We don’t shoot our own criminals when they break the law unless they committed a capital offense worthy of the death penalty. Now, I have no qualms shooting and defending ourselves from an armed invasion force. But those who enter illegally should instead be apprehended and deported, just like we’ve been trying to do with our overworked and grossly understaffed Border Patrol Agents.
I don’t think we should let the evil perpetrated by the cartels to inflame our passions and take it out by shooting and killing unarmed folks who cross illegally. Many of them are trying to escape the cartels themselves. But I do believe those folks shouldn’t cross illegally because of that. It may be easy for me to say this since I’m not in their shoes, but I think they should instead stay in their country and work to try to make it better. And if that means they should fight the cartels and rampant corruption, then they should do what it takes to accomplish that.
Anyway, that’s just my opinion. I certainly respect opposing opinions on the matter.