At the end of chapter 14, Celia tells her story to Matt. Then, Matt has a close call with the farm patrol in chapter 25. Then we learn about the “Coyotes” and the "farm patrol” that work together to capture people illegally crossing the border. This exists in real life too. There are people that are paid money to smuggle people across borders, especially the U.S.- Mexico border. There are many people that actually turn to this type of person in real life. People want to do well in life. They want to give their children a good childhood or to make their circumstances better. So naturally, if there is a chance for someone to get to a better place they will most likely take it. The Canadian government seems like it knows this struggle. An article on CTV news covers how the Canadian government is not yet going to take action on the illegal border crossings. Anyone who illegally sneaks into the country will have their asylum cases heard. It says that they will be held by the police until criminal background checks are completed. So this shows that the Canadian government knows the struggle those people are going through
In the book, coyotes are people that offer to take people over the border. They take them about halfway then turn the people they are smuggling over to the farm patrol, who make sure that no one can cross the border illegally. Then the farm patrol turns the people into eejits, which are slaves and workers that have implants in their brain to make them only capable of simple tasks. We found this out through Celia telling matt the story of how she got where she is now. At first, she lived in the town where El Patròn lived and worked in a factory on the border between Aztlán and opium. But things started to change when she was taught how to cook. p.142 “Soon I got off the assembly line and started cooking for the rest of the building. I had more freedom; I went to markets to buy herbs and food. And one day I met a coyote”. She did not like where she was in life, so she turns to a coyote for a chance to get to a better place. But the coyote abandoned her in the mountains and she got caught by the authorities. Celia turned to the coyote for the chance to get to a better place, just like so many people in the real world.
Read this article at http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/fleeing-north-why-asylum-seekers-are-crossing-the-u-s-canada-border-1.3291157