The human and complex face of immigration, and particularly illegal immigration, is illustrated by an article published in Briarpatch magazine. It's an e-mail exchange between two Pakistani brothers separated by the Canada and U.S. border. The family emigrated illegally to the United States 15 years ago, but one brother was deported and came to Canada on a student visa, and now working towards his Canadian citizenship. His brother, father and mother remain in the U.S. without legal status; as a result, the border is an uncrossable barrier for both brothers, though they live only 800 km apart. Worth a read.