Virtual reality: Crossing the border without consequences
Simone Del Rosario
Photo: Video by kgun9.com
ALBERTO, Mexico (KGUN9-TV) - A "coyote" barks orders in the night.
"Let's go...another three, fast! Run, run, let's go!"
Sirens blare. The group scrambles to find a place to hide.
"This is immigration!"
The border crossers crouch down low and hold their breath; but not everyone remains unseen.
"They found him," a little boy said. "Immigration."
The dangerous trek across the border is all too real. But this simulation takes place 700 miles south at an offbeat amusement park in Alberto, Mexico.
For $20, you can take part in the experience -- without the consequences.
"I have some family who cross to the United States that way," one participant said. "It's interesting for me to know that kind of experience, but I don't want to do it like that."
Guides say the goal of the 7.5-mile hike is to discourage migration by showing how dangerous it can be.
At the end of the simulation, there's a torch-lit display for those who have died along the border.
"There was a lot of excitement; a lot of curiosity," another participant said. "At the end, it's fantastic."
The park is expecting more visitors if the U.S. heightens border security.