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Mexican amusement park offers fake border-crossing attraction

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A new amusement park attraction in the Mexican state of Hidalgo is offering the thrill of crossing the United States-Mexico border without the risk, complete with fake smugglers and fake Border Patrol agents, PBS reported Monday.

The Parque EcoAlberto is offering the attraction as a way to dissuade people from attempting to cross the border. For three hours, tourist groups endure sirens, dogs, chases and the fake Border Patrol yelling threats, PBS reported.

"It's not worth risking it because if we can't stand a few hours, we won't be able to stand days. Because it's very ugly," Jazmin Arely Moreno Alcazar said in Spanish.

Tourists also can enjoy other recreational attractions such as hot springs and rappelling at the park, PBS said.

Maribel Garcia, who works as an administrator for the park, said the purpose of the Night Walk attraction is simple.

"Our objective is to stop the immigration that exists amongst our citizens, principally from the state of Mexico to the U.S.," Ms. Garcia said in Spanish.

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