History Main / RunForTheBorder

13th Aug '17 12:22:57 PM DaibhidC
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-->''Hell, no, son. Ain't gonna get the gun//
Seen a lotta things, and the've only just begun//
Cause the minute they speak Is the minute that I run//

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-->''Hell, no, son. Ain't gonna get the gun//
gun\\
Seen a lotta things, and the've they've only just begun//
begun\\
Cause the minute they speak Is is the minute that I run//run\\
14th Jun '17 7:53:11 PM Fireblood
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** With the new immigration laws passed by Arizona in 2010, there's been a lot of news hubbub about Mexican immigrants moving back (or at least out of state), along with lifelong legal residents of Hispanic descent who didn't feel like staying around and risk harassment.

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** With the new immigration laws passed by Arizona in 2010, there's been a lot of news hubbub about Mexican immigrants moving back (or at least out of state), along with lifelong legal residents of Hispanic descent who didn't feel like staying around and risk risking harassment.



** Another group caught in this situation were Spanish Republicans at the end of the civil war in 1939. Faced with being hunted down and brutally tortured or imprisoned by the new Nationalist government, many either fled to France or Mexico, with the remnants of the Republican army dumping their weapons at the French border. However, many were sent to concentration camps after the Fall of France, with some lucky Republicans joining the French Resistance.
* The northern free states in the US were this way for escaped slaves, until the Fugitive Slave Law (which allowed slave catchers to arrest escaped slaves in free states and transport them back down south) and the ''Dred Scott'' decision (which declared that slaves are not technically ''people'') effectively forced them to keep running all the way to Canada.

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** Another group caught in this situation were Spanish Republicans at the end of the civil war in 1939. Faced with being hunted down and brutally tortured or tortured, imprisoned or killed by the new Nationalist government, many either fled to France or Mexico, with the remnants of the Republican army dumping their weapons at the French border. However, many were sent to concentration camps after the Fall of France, with some lucky Republicans joining the French Resistance.
* The northern free states in the US were this way for escaped slaves, until the Fugitive Slave Law (which allowed slave catchers to arrest escaped slaves in free states and transport them back down south) and the ''Dred Scott'' decision (which declared that slaves are not technically ''people'') effectively forced them to keep running all the way to Canada.Canada, with many abolitionists helping them on the Underground Railroad, a network that helped fugitive slaves. Abolitionists also actively obstructed fugitive slaves from being sent back, sometimes by force.



* Faced with the choice between exile and death (either by firing squad after a botched trial or by Royalist mob), many of Napoleon's most prominent supporters during the Hundred Days chose exile after the Bourbons returned. The remaining Bourbons and their few core partisans found themselves forced into exile as well fifteen years later during the July Revolution.

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* Faced with the choice between exile and death (either by firing squad after a botched trial or by a Royalist mob), many of Napoleon's most prominent supporters during the Hundred Days chose exile after the Bourbons returned. The remaining Bourbons and their few core partisans found themselves forced into exile as well fifteen years later during the July Revolution. Before this, many Royalists and others targeted by the Revolutionary government fled France as well.
14th Jun '17 7:41:43 PM Fireblood
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* During UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, this was a favored strategy for members of the IRA/INLA organisations. The Partition border between the two Irelands is long, tortuous and impossible to seal. IRA members could perform an attack in the Six Counties and if not caught, would routinely flee over the border to safe houses until the heat died away. British forces could not officially follow and if caught on the wrong side, could provoke diplomatic protests from the Republic. [[note]] Republican sympathizers often moved border markings and deliberately repainted or re-established them well inside the Republic in an attempt to provoke border incursions and diplomatic protests. this sometimes suceeded in creating tension between the British and Irish governments,[[/note]] Irish soldiers patrolled the border on their side for the dual purpose of seeking to arrest rebels and preventing British forces from crossing. There are unconfirmed and officially denied stories of British Special Forces crossing the border ''anyway'' and catching IRA volunteers off-guard where they thought they were safe.
* American criminals fleeing to countries without extradition treaties should be aware of the Ker-Frisbie Doctrine. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker%E2%80%93Frisbie_doctrine This legal concept]] (named after two US Supreme Court decisions) held that it's perfectly legal to kidnap a fugitive from another country and drag them back to the USA to answer for their crimes. Doing this doesn't violate extradition or due process according to the courts...[[ParanoiaFuel just something to think about for anyone wanting to flee the USA]].

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* During UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, this was a favored strategy for members of the IRA/INLA organisations. The Partition border between the two Irelands is long, tortuous and impossible to seal. IRA members could perform an attack in the Six Counties and if not caught, would routinely flee over the border to safe houses until the heat died away. British forces could not officially follow and if caught on the wrong side, could provoke diplomatic protests from the Republic. [[note]] Republican sympathizers often moved border markings and deliberately repainted or re-established them well inside the Republic in an attempt to provoke border incursions and diplomatic protests. this sometimes suceeded succeeded in creating tension between the British and Irish governments,[[/note]] governments.[[/note]] Irish soldiers patrolled the border on their side for the dual purpose of seeking to arrest rebels and preventing British forces from crossing. There are unconfirmed and officially denied stories of British Special Forces crossing the border ''anyway'' and catching IRA volunteers off-guard where they thought they were safe.
safe. Many IRA fugitives were also given safe haven in the Republic from extradition.
* American criminals fleeing to countries without extradition treaties should be aware of the Ker-Frisbie Doctrine. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker%E2%80%93Frisbie_doctrine This legal concept]] (named after two US Supreme Court decisions) held that it's perfectly legal to kidnap a fugitive from another country and drag them back to the USA to answer for their crimes. Doing this doesn't violate extradition or due process according to the courts...[[ParanoiaFuel just something to think about for anyone wanting to flee the USA]]. This is where {{bounty hunter}}s come in (which are only legal in the US and the Philippines too).
14th Jun '17 7:30:59 PM Fireblood
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* During UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, this was a favoured strategy for members of the IRA/INLA organisations. The Partition border between the two Irelands is long, tortuous and impossible to seal. IRA members could perform an attack in the Six Counties and if not caught, would routinely flee over the border to safe houses until the heat died away. British forces could not officially follow and if caught on the wrong side, could provoke diplomatic protests from the Republic. [[note]] Republican sympatherisers often moved border markings and deliberately repainted or re-established them well inside the Republic in an attempt to provoke border incursions and diplomatic protests. this sometimes suceeded in creating tension between the British and Irish governments,[[/note]] Irish soldiers patrolled the border on their side for the dual purpose of seeking to arrest rebels and preventing British forces from crossing. There are unconfirmed and officially denied stories of British Special Forces crossing the border ''anyway'' and catching IRA volunteers off-guard where they thought they were safe.

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* During UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, this was a favoured favored strategy for members of the IRA/INLA organisations. The Partition border between the two Irelands is long, tortuous and impossible to seal. IRA members could perform an attack in the Six Counties and if not caught, would routinely flee over the border to safe houses until the heat died away. British forces could not officially follow and if caught on the wrong side, could provoke diplomatic protests from the Republic. [[note]] Republican sympatherisers sympathizers often moved border markings and deliberately repainted or re-established them well inside the Republic in an attempt to provoke border incursions and diplomatic protests. this sometimes suceeded in creating tension between the British and Irish governments,[[/note]] Irish soldiers patrolled the border on their side for the dual purpose of seeking to arrest rebels and preventing British forces from crossing. There are unconfirmed and officially denied stories of British Special Forces crossing the border ''anyway'' and catching IRA volunteers off-guard where they thought they were safe.
14th Jun '17 7:25:52 PM Fireblood
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* The reason why many American criminals (especially serial killers and murderers) escape to Mexico is because the Mexican Constitution forbids the deportation of people facing the death penalty in their home countries. That law was created during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and during the time period when almost all Central and South America were controlled by military dictatorships, but the law doesn't have exceptions for criminals for democratically-elected countries (like the U.S), and while they can be deported back, they can't face the death penalty due to a treaty with the Mexican government.
** Ironically, this law ended biting the Mexican government in their ass thanks to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhenli_Ye_Gon Zhenli Ye Gon case]]: the main culprit, by law, ''cannot'' be stripped of his acquired Mexican nationality and deported back to China since he will be executed if he puts a foot there, but the Mexican government doesn't want him in the country; since the American law agencies also wanted him too, he was extradited to the U.S. instead.

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* The reason why many American criminals (especially serial killers and murderers) escape to Mexico is because the Mexican Constitution forbids the deportation of people facing the death penalty in their home countries. That law was created during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and during the time period when almost all Central and South America were controlled by military dictatorships, but the law doesn't have exceptions for criminals for democratically-elected countries from democracies (like the U.S), and while they can be deported back, they can't face the death penalty due to a treaty with the Mexican government.
** Ironically, this law ended up biting the Mexican government in their ass thanks to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhenli_Ye_Gon Zhenli Ye Gon case]]: the main culprit, by law, ''cannot'' be stripped of his acquired Mexican nationality and deported back to China since he will be executed if he puts a foot there, but the Mexican government doesn't want him in the country; since the American law agencies also wanted him too, he was extradited to the U.S. instead.
14th Jun '17 7:14:42 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Offred and her family tried to flee across the border into Canada, but got caught.

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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Offred and her family tried to flee across the border into Canada, but got caught. [[spoiler: Luke managed to get across later though, as does Moira.]]
30th May '17 8:43:40 AM TheWildWestPyro
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** Another group caught in this situation were Spanish Republicans at the end of the civil war in 1939. Faced with being hunted down and brutally tortured or imprisoned by the new Nationalist government, many either fled to France or Mexico, with the remnants of the Republican army dumping their weapons at the French border. However, many were sent to concentration camps after the Fall of France, with some lucky Republicans joining the French Resistance.
19th May '17 9:36:30 AM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/{{Road House|1948}}'', Jefty forces Susie, Pete, and Lily to come up to his cabin near the Canadian border. He teases them that the border is very close, but he won’t let them get away. Stupidly, he gets plastered and gives Pete and Lily a real chance to run to the border.
15th May '17 7:21:06 PM nombretomado
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* During TheTroubles, this was a favoured strategy for members of the IRA/INLA organisations. The Partition border between the two Irelands is long, tortuous and impossible to seal. IRA members could perform an attack in the Six Counties and if not caught, would routinely flee over the border to safe houses until the heat died away. British forces could not officially follow and if caught on the wrong side, could provoke diplomatic protests from the Republic. [[note]] Republican sympatherisers often moved border markings and deliberately repainted or re-established them well inside the Republic in an attempt to provoke border incursions and diplomatic protests. this sometimes suceeded in creating tension between the British and Irish governments,[[/note]] Irish soldiers patrolled the border on their side for the dual purpose of seeking to arrest rebels and preventing British forces from crossing. There are unconfirmed and officially denied stories of British Special Forces crossing the border ''anyway'' and catching IRA volunteers off-guard where they thought they were safe.

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* During TheTroubles, UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, this was a favoured strategy for members of the IRA/INLA organisations. The Partition border between the two Irelands is long, tortuous and impossible to seal. IRA members could perform an attack in the Six Counties and if not caught, would routinely flee over the border to safe houses until the heat died away. British forces could not officially follow and if caught on the wrong side, could provoke diplomatic protests from the Republic. [[note]] Republican sympatherisers often moved border markings and deliberately repainted or re-established them well inside the Republic in an attempt to provoke border incursions and diplomatic protests. this sometimes suceeded in creating tension between the British and Irish governments,[[/note]] Irish soldiers patrolled the border on their side for the dual purpose of seeking to arrest rebels and preventing British forces from crossing. There are unconfirmed and officially denied stories of British Special Forces crossing the border ''anyway'' and catching IRA volunteers off-guard where they thought they were safe.
6th May '17 1:38:44 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''[[{{Tintin}} King Ottokar's Sceptre]]'', the sceptre's thieves try to make it over the Bordurian border. Tintin recovers the sceptre JustInTime before it passes out of Syldavia... Before [[ThirdActStupidity succumbing to his hunger and crossing the border while carrying the sceptre anyway]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': In ''[[{{Tintin}} King ''King Ottokar's Sceptre]]'', Sceptre'', the sceptre's thieves try to make it over the Bordurian border. Tintin recovers the sceptre JustInTime before it passes out of Syldavia... Before [[ThirdActStupidity succumbing to his hunger and crossing the border while carrying the sceptre anyway]].



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* Inverted in the opening of ''Film/TheATeam'' movie featuring the newly formed team from fleeing a Mexican drug lord and his mooks to the U.S. border. The result?
-->'''Hannibal''': General Tuco. You are engaged in unauthorized combat with United States military personnel... OVER U.S. AIRSPACE.\\
''Cue OhCrap looks from the Mexicans... followed by an air strike.''
* The big ending of ''Film/BlueStreak'' starring Martin Lawrence as an ex-con posing as a cop to get into a police station to recover a diamond.
* In ''Film/BurnAfterReading'', one of the characters is caught trying to board a flight to Venezuela to escape a murder charge or two. Seeing as the CIA at this point are hoping to hush the whole farce up and hope it blows over, the Director [[SubvertedTrope orders that they stick him on the next flight out there.]]
-->'''Palmer:''' We had his name on a hot list. CBP pulled him in. Don't know why he was trying to go to Venezuela.\\
'''Director:''' [[SurroundedByIdiots You don't know.]]\\
'''Palmer:''' No, sir.\\
'''Director:''' We have no ''extradition'' with Venezuela.\\
'''Palmer:''' Oh! So what should we do with him?\\
'''Director:''' For fuck's sake, put him on the next flight to Venezuela!



* In ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' the heroes flee to Mexico.
* Spoofed in ''Film/SuperTroopers'', where one of the highway patrolmen scares three stoners by pretending to get shot by a criminal (another patrolman in disguise), who hijacks the police car they're in the backseat of, and is intent on escaping to Mexico, despite Canada being only a few miles away.
-->'''Disguised Patrolman:''' You boys like Mex-E-Co?!?
* ''Film/TheWildBunch'' heads to Mexico after a robbery goes to hell and ends up getting involved in Pancho Villa's war for independence.

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* In ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' the heroes flee to Mexico.
* Spoofed in ''Film/SuperTroopers'', where one of the highway patrolmen scares three stoners by pretending to get shot by a criminal (another patrolman in disguise), who hijacks the police car they're in the backseat of, and is intent on
One Creator/CharlieChaplin short ended with him escaping authorities by crossing over to Mexico, despite Canada being only Mexico... where he's almost caught in the crossfire of a few miles away.
-->'''Disguised Patrolman:''' You boys like Mex-E-Co?!?
* ''Film/TheWildBunch'' heads
bandito shootout. He decides to Mexico after a robbery goes to hell and ends up getting involved in Pancho Villa's war for independence.just straddle the borderline instead.



* In ''Film/{{Convoy}}'', Rubber Duck, after unintentionally leading a humongous convoy through the U.S. Southwest, decides to escape to Mexico. However, [[CorruptCop Lyle Wallace]] who has been chasing him through most of the movie (and would have had him and his truck shot if it weren't for the explosive chemicals in his trailer) already awaits him there — together with [[BolivianArmyEnding the Mexican army including a battle tank]].
* Happened in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' because Mexico was far enough south that the new ice age would be less deadly to people from northern United States. One especially snarky [[http://community.livejournal.com/m15m/2025.html#cutid1 web review]] put it thusly:
-->'''TV NEWS:''' In other developments tonight, millions of Americans are evacuating to Mexico, which briefly closed the borders while drunk on the incredible irony of the situation, but then the administration forgave all Latin American debt. ''¡Buenos dí­as a nuestros nuevos amigos!''
* ''Film/{{Fortress 1992}}'' has the protagonist John Brenneck (Christopher Lambert) and his pregnant wife try to leave a dystopian US after it implements a no-births policy to fight the increasing population growth. The film even opens with shots of the heavily crowded international bridges between the US and Mexico.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' opens with the Gecko brothers, having pulled off a bank robbery, making their way to Mexico. Worth noting is that they actually have arrangements for living there (set up by a third party for a share of the loot).
* The famous lovers (in real life, too) of Steve [=McQueen=] and Ali [=McGraw=] in ''Film/TheGetaway''.
* As the title suggests, this is the main character's plan in ''Film/GoingSouth''. However, once he gets across the Mexican border, he stops to taunt the pursuing posse that they cannot legally touch him. They ignore the legal niceties and promptly drag him back across the border. In later scenes he practices his Spanish and makes another break for Mexico.



* In ''Film/TolableDavid'', three desperadoes escape punishment when they make it across the state line ahead of the posse that is chasing them.
* The famous lovers (in real life, too) of Steve [=McQueen=] and Ali [=McGraw=] in ''Film/TheGetaway''.
* The big ending of ''Film/BlueStreak'' starring Martin Lawrence as an ex-con posing as a cop to get into a police station to recover a diamond.
* The majority of ''[[Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song]]'' consists of this.
* As the title suggests, this is the main character's plan in ''GoingSouth''. However, once he gets across the Mexican border, he stops to taunt the pursuing posse that they cannot legally touch him. They ignore the legal niceties and promptly drag him back across the border. In later scenes he practices his Spanish and makes another break for Mexico.
* In ''Film/YoungGuns'', Billy the Kid constantly promises that he'll take the gang over the border into the relative safety of Mexico. He never leaves New Mexico however, and gets everyone killed for it. In [[Film/YoungGunsII the sequel]], one of Billy's men pulls a ScrewThisImOutOfHere and does actually reach the Mexican border. [[spoiler: He is beheaded by Mexican police who are fed up with American outlaws fleeing to Mexico and use his execution to send a message to anyone else who might try it.]]
* One Creator/CharlieChaplin short ended with him escaping authorities by crossing over to Mexico... where he's almost caught in the crossfire of a bandito shootout. He decides to just straddle the borderline instead.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' opens with the Gecko brothers, having pulled off a bank robbery, making their way to Mexico. Worth noting is that they actually have arrangements for living there (set up by a third party for a share of the loot).

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* In ''Film/TolableDavid'', three desperadoes escape punishment when they make it across The Kurosawa film ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' centers around the state line ahead survivors of the posse that is chasing them.
* The famous lovers (in real life, too)
losing side of Steve [=McQueen=] and Ali [=McGraw=] in ''Film/TheGetaway''.
* The big ending of ''Film/BlueStreak'' starring Martin Lawrence as an ex-con posing as
a cop war trying to sneak through enemy territory to get into a police station themselves (and their nation's treasury) to recover a diamond.
* The majority of ''[[Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song]]'' consists of this.
* As
the title suggests, this is the main character's plan in ''GoingSouth''. However, once he gets across the Mexican border, he stops to taunt the pursuing posse that they cannot legally touch him. They ignore the legal niceties and promptly drag him back across the border. In later scenes he practices his Spanish and makes another break for Mexico.
* In ''Film/YoungGuns'', Billy the Kid constantly promises that he'll take the gang over the border into the relative
safety of Mexico. He never leaves New Mexico however, and gets everyone killed for it. In [[Film/YoungGunsII the sequel]], one of Billy's men pulls a ScrewThisImOutOfHere and does actually reach the Mexican border. [[spoiler: He is beheaded by Mexican police who are fed up with American outlaws fleeing to Mexico and use his execution to send a message to anyone else who might try it.]]
* One Creator/CharlieChaplin short ended with him escaping authorities by crossing over to Mexico... where he's almost caught in the crossfire of a bandito shootout. He decides to just straddle the borderline instead.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' opens with the Gecko brothers, having pulled off a bank robbery, making their way to Mexico. Worth noting is that they actually have arrangements for living there (set up by a third party for a share of the loot).
an allied nation.



* In ''Film/BurnAfterReading'', one of the characters is caught trying to board a flight to Venezuela to escape a murder charge or two. Seeing as the CIA at this point are hoping to hush the whole farce up and hope it blows over, the Director [[SubvertedTrope orders that they stick him on the next flight out there.]]
-->'''Palmer:''' We had his name on a hot list. CBP pulled him in. Don't know why he was trying to go to Venezuela.\\
'''Director:''' [[SurroundedByIdiots You don't know.]]\\
'''Palmer:''' No, sir.\\
'''Director:''' We have no ''extradition'' with Venezuela.\\
'''Palmer:''' Oh! So what should we do with him?\\
'''Director:''' For fuck's sake, put him on the next flight to Venezuela!
* In ''Film/{{Convoy}}'', Rubber Duck, after unintentionally leading a humongous convoy through the U.S. Southwest, decides to escape to Mexico. However, [[CorruptCop Lyle Wallace]] who has been chasing him through most of the movie (and would have had him and his truck shot if it weren't for the explosive chemicals in his trailer) already awaits him there — together with [[BolivianArmyEnding the Mexican army including a battle tank]].
* The ''Film/ToughGuys'' Archie Long and Harry Doyle escape to Mexico — with a stolen Southern Pacific steam locomotive — just to find out that the track ends a few feet short of crossing the border. Not that they care much. They, too, face [[BolivianArmyEnding a well-armed Mexican border patrol]], but they solve that problem [[GroinAttack their way]].
* Happened in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' because Mexico was far enough south that the new ice age would be less deadly to people from northern United States. One especially snarky [[http://community.livejournal.com/m15m/2025.html#cutid1 web review]] put it thusly:
-->'''TV NEWS:''' In other developments tonight, millions of Americans are evacuating to Mexico, which briefly closed the borders while drunk on the incredible irony of the situation, but then the administration forgave all Latin American debt. ''¡Buenos dí­as a nuestros nuevos amigos!''
* ''Film/{{Fortress 1992}}'' has the protagonist John Brenneck (Christopher Lambert) and his pregnant wife try to leave a dystopian US after it implements a no-births policy to fight the increasing population growth. The film even opens with shots of the heavily crowded international bridges between the US and Mexico.
* Inverted in the opening of ''Film/TheATeam'' movie featuring the newly formed team from fleeing a Mexican drug lord and his mooks to the U.S. border. The result?
-->'''Hannibal''': General Tuco. You are engaged in unauthorized combat with United States military personnel... OVER U.S. AIRSPACE.\\
''Cue OhCrap looks from the Mexicans... followed by an air strike.''

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* In ''Film/BurnAfterReading'', one of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the characters is caught trying Wormwoods flee to board a flight to Venezuela to escape a murder charge or two. Seeing as Guam (Majorca in [[Literature/{{Matilda}} the CIA at this point are hoping original book]]) when Mr. Wormwood catches on to hush the whole farce up and hope it blows over, the Director [[SubvertedTrope orders {{FBI agent}}s about to expose his [[HonestJohnsDealership extremely illegal used-car sales practices]]. Given his [[SchoolIsForLosers anti-intellectual attitudes]], Mr. Wormwood isn't likely to realize that they stick him on the next flight out there.]]
-->'''Palmer:''' We had his name on
Guam is a hot list. CBP pulled him in. Don't know why he was trying to go to Venezuela.\\
'''Director:''' [[SurroundedByIdiots You don't know.]]\\
'''Palmer:''' No, sir.\\
'''Director:''' We have no ''extradition'' with Venezuela.\\
'''Palmer:''' Oh! So what should we do with him?\\
'''Director:''' For fuck's sake, put him on the next flight to Venezuela!
* In ''Film/{{Convoy}}'', Rubber Duck, after unintentionally leading a humongous convoy through the U.S. Southwest, decides to escape to Mexico. However, [[CorruptCop Lyle Wallace]] who has been chasing him through most
territory of the movie (and would have had him and his truck shot if it weren't for the explosive chemicals in his trailer) already awaits him there — together with [[BolivianArmyEnding the Mexican army including a battle tank]].
* The ''Film/ToughGuys'' Archie Long and Harry Doyle escape to Mexico — with a stolen Southern Pacific steam locomotive — just to find out that the track ends a few feet short of crossing the border. Not that they care much. They, too, face [[BolivianArmyEnding a well-armed Mexican border patrol]], but they solve that problem [[GroinAttack their way]].
* Happened in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' because Mexico was far enough south that the new ice age would be less deadly to people from northern United States. One especially snarky [[http://community.livejournal.com/m15m/2025.html#cutid1 web review]] put it thusly:
-->'''TV NEWS:''' In other developments tonight, millions of Americans are evacuating to Mexico, which briefly closed the borders while drunk on the incredible irony of the situation, but then the administration forgave all Latin American debt. ''¡Buenos dí­as a nuestros nuevos amigos!''
* ''Film/{{Fortress 1992}}'' has the protagonist John Brenneck (Christopher Lambert) and his pregnant wife try to leave a dystopian US after it implements a no-births policy to fight the increasing population growth. The film even opens with shots of the heavily crowded international bridges between
the US and Mexico.
* Inverted in the opening of ''Film/TheATeam'' movie featuring the newly formed team from
fleeing a Mexican drug lord and his mooks to the U.S. border. The result?
-->'''Hannibal''': General Tuco. You are engaged in unauthorized combat with United States military personnel... OVER U.S. AIRSPACE.\\
''Cue OhCrap looks from the Mexicans... followed by an air strike.''
there won't do him much good.



* In ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' the heroes flee to Mexico.
* Spoofed in ''Film/SuperTroopers'', where one of the highway patrolmen scares three stoners by pretending to get shot by a criminal (another patrolman in disguise), who hijacks the police car they're in the backseat of, and is intent on escaping to Mexico, despite Canada being only a few miles away.
-->'''Disguised Patrolman:''' You boys like Mex-E-Co?!?
* The majority of ''[[Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song]]'' consists of this.



* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the Wormwoods flee to Guam (Majorca in [[Literature/{{Matilda}} the original book]]) when Mr. Wormwood catches on to the {{FBI agent}}s about to expose his [[HonestJohnsDealership extremely illegal used-car sales practices]]. Given his [[SchoolIsForLosers anti-intellectual attitudes]], Mr. Wormwood isn't likely to realize that Guam is a territory of the US and fleeing there won't do him much good.



* The Kurosawa film ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' centers around the survivors of the losing side of a war trying to sneak through enemy territory to get themselves (and their nation's treasury) to the safety of an allied nation.

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* The Kurosawa film ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' centers around In ''Film/TolableDavid'', three desperadoes escape punishment when they make it across the survivors state line ahead of the losing side posse that is chasing them.
* The ''Film/ToughGuys'' Archie Long and Harry Doyle escape to Mexico — with a stolen Southern Pacific steam locomotive — just to find out that the track ends a few feet short
of crossing the border. Not that they care much. They, too, face [[BolivianArmyEnding a war trying to sneak through enemy territory to get themselves (and well-armed Mexican border patrol]], but they solve that problem [[GroinAttack their nation's treasury) way]].
* ''Film/TheWildBunch'' heads
to Mexico after a robbery goes to hell and ends up getting involved in Pancho Villa's war for independence.
* In ''Film/YoungGuns'', Billy
the Kid constantly promises that he'll take the gang over the border into the relative safety of an allied nation.Mexico. He never leaves New Mexico however, and gets everyone killed for it. In [[Film/YoungGunsII the sequel]], one of Billy's men pulls a ScrewThisImOutOfHere and does actually reach the Mexican border. [[spoiler: He is beheaded by Mexican police who are fed up with American outlaws fleeing to Mexico and use his execution to send a message to anyone else who might try it.]]



* In the first ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Serpentwar Saga]]'' novel, Rupert and Eric try to flee to the Sunset Isles after killing Eric's half-brother due to a law there that said that criminals who stayed there without causing trouble for a year had their records cleared. They didn't even get close.

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', there is a not-anymore-slave who fled to Hurog because she heard that there is no slavery in Hurog. This law hasn't been enforced for quite some time, and Ward's father would have happily sent her back to her "owners" but Ward is different. Later in the first ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Serpentwar Saga]]'' novel, Rupert and Eric try series, someone flees to flee to Hurog for political reasons. In both those examples, the Sunset Isles person is not strictly speaking safe because she has crossed the border, but because ''Ward'' is willing to enforce the law of his land, with the sword, if need be - his neighbours are not very respectful of borders, overall.
%%* The implied ending of ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale''.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'',
after killing Eric's half-brother due to a law there that said that criminals who stayed there without causing trouble [[spoiler:Snape {{mercy kill}}s Dumbledore]], the Death Eaters run for a year had their records cleared. They didn't even get close.the border between Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, because they can't [[{{Teleportation}} Apparate]] away as long as they're on castle grounds.



* ''[[Literature/LeftBehind Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist]]'' has a subplot where Buck has to smuggle Tsion Ben-Judah out of Israel into Egypt. This is despite the facts that (a) Israel is currently the safest place in the world, being divinely protected from the Apocalypse, and (b) there's supposed to be a OneWorldGovernment, so neither "Israel" nor "Egypt" should ''exist'' any more.
* ''[[http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/o_henry/3/ The Ransom of Red Chief]]'': After the kidnappers return the kid they'd abducted to his father and pay him the ransom ([[ItMakesSenseInContext yes]], [[PityTheKidnapper that is correct]]), the kid "started up a howl like a calliope and fastened himself as tight as a leech to Bill's [one of the kidnappers'] leg. His father peeled him away gradually, like a porous plaster" and promised the kidnappers to hold him for some ten minutes tops. Bill decides that's quite enough to get to the Canadian border and bolts.

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* ''[[Literature/LeftBehind Nicolae: ''Literature/LeftBehind'': ''Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist]]'' Antichrist'' has a subplot where Buck has to smuggle Tsion Ben-Judah out of Israel into Egypt. This is despite the facts that (a) Israel is currently the safest place in the world, being divinely protected from the Apocalypse, and (b) there's supposed to be a OneWorldGovernment, so neither "Israel" nor "Egypt" should ''exist'' any more.
* ''[[http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/o_henry/3/ The Ransom of Red Chief]]'': After the kidnappers return the kid they'd abducted to his father and pay him the ransom ([[ItMakesSenseInContext yes]], [[PityTheKidnapper that is correct]]), the kid "started up a howl like a calliope and fastened himself as tight as a leech to Bill's [one of the kidnappers'] leg. His father peeled him away gradually, like a porous plaster" and promised the kidnappers to hold him for some ten minutes tops. Bill decides that's quite enough to get to the Canadian border and bolts.
more.



%%* The implied ending of ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale''.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', there is a not-anymore-slave who fled to Hurog because she heard that there is no slavery in Hurog. This law hasn't been enforced for quite some time, and Ward's father would have happily sent her back to her "owners" but Ward is different. Later in the series, someone flees to Hurog for political reasons. In both those examples, the person is not strictly speaking safe because she has crossed the border, but because ''Ward'' is willing to enforce the law of his land, with the sword, if need be - his neighbours are not very respectful of borders, overall.
* Pretty much the entire second half of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' is the Arrandas and their uncle, having foiled an Imperial plot, trying to find a place outside of the jurisdiction of the Empire. But space doesn't have tremendously clear borders, so any place that looks safe generally isn't after a while.

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%%* The implied ending of ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale''.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', there is a not-anymore-slave who fled ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', the Wormwoods flee to Hurog because she heard Majorca ([[CulturalTranslation changed to Guam]] in TheFilmOfTheBook) when Mr. Wormwood realizes that there is no slavery in Hurog. This law hasn't been enforced for quite some time, and Ward's father would have happily sent her back to her "owners" but Ward is different. Later in the series, someone flees to Hurog for political reasons. In both those examples, the person government is not strictly speaking safe because she has crossed the border, but because ''Ward'' is willing to enforce the law of onto his land, with the sword, if need be - his neighbours are not very respectful of borders, overall.
* Pretty much the entire second half of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' is the Arrandas and their uncle, having foiled an Imperial plot, trying to find a place outside of the jurisdiction of the Empire. But space doesn't have tremendously clear borders, so any place that looks safe generally isn't after a while.
[[HonestJohnsDealership extremely illegal used-car sales practices]].



* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', after [[spoiler:Snape {{mercy kill}}s Dumbledore]], the Death Eaters run for the border between Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, because they can't [[{{Teleportation}} Apparate]] away as long as they're on castle grounds.
* In ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', the Wormwoods flee to Majorca ([[CulturalTranslation changed to Guam]] in TheFilmOfTheBook) when Mr. Wormwood realizes that the government is onto his [[HonestJohnsDealership extremely illegal used-car sales practices]].

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', after [[spoiler:Snape {{mercy kill}}s Dumbledore]], ''[[http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/o_henry/3/ The Ransom of Red Chief]]'': After the Death Eaters run kidnappers return the kid they'd abducted to his father and pay him the ransom ([[ItMakesSenseInContext yes]], [[PityTheKidnapper that is correct]]), the kid "started up a howl like a calliope and fastened himself as tight as a leech to Bill's [one of the kidnappers'] leg. His father peeled him away gradually, like a porous plaster" and promised the kidnappers to hold him for some ten minutes tops. Bill decides that's quite enough to get to the Canadian border between Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, because they can't [[{{Teleportation}} Apparate]] away as long as they're on castle grounds.
bolts.
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': In ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', the Wormwoods first ''Serpentwar Saga'' novel, Rupert and Eric try to flee to Majorca ([[CulturalTranslation changed the Sunset Isles after killing Eric's half-brother due to Guam]] in TheFilmOfTheBook) when Mr. Wormwood realizes a law there that said that criminals who stayed there without causing trouble for a year had their records cleared. They didn't even get close.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Pretty much
the government entire second half of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' is onto his [[HonestJohnsDealership extremely illegal used-car sales practices]].the Arrandas and their uncle, having foiled an Imperial plot, trying to find a place outside of the jurisdiction of the Empire. But space doesn't have tremendously clear borders, so any place that looks safe generally isn't after a while.



* ''Series/TheATeam'': Inverted in "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E14InPlaneSight In Plane Sight]]." The main troublemaker is a drug lord who has been hiding out in Columbia because he has friends in high places there. The team has to trick him into driving across the border so he can be arrested.

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* ''Series/TheATeam'': Inverted in "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E14InPlaneSight In Plane Sight]]." The main troublemaker is a drug lord who has been hiding out in Columbia Colombia because he has friends in high places there. The team has to trick him into driving across the border so he can be arrested.arrested.
* Spoofed in ''Series/TheBeiderbeckeAffair'', when the protagonists help a dissident escape across the Yorkshire-Lincolnshire border, and later the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': [[ThoseTwoGuys Huell and Kuby]] are sent to collect Walt's 100+ million dollar money stash. They stare at the giant pile of cash for a minute.
-->'''Huell''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Mexico. All I'm saying.]]



* In an episode of ''Series/TheCloser'' a murderer fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution. But because his victim, an illegal immigrant, was a Mexican citizen, Brenda smiled, got him to sign a paper stating that he had no intention of leaving Mexico, then told him that he was now under Mexican jurisdiction. And Mexico takes a dim view of people murdering its citizens. Just as two Mexican cops haul him off.
** The murderer only steps into this trap because the victim's mother had claimed to be from (IIRC) Costa Rica, not Mexico.



* An episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' wonderfully subverts this: after the previous season ended on a cliffhanger, with [[spoiler:his sister]] discovering one of his murders, the next episode opens InMediasRes, with him rushing to the airport to buy a ticket out of the country. You only find out later in the episode, he was just there to kill a Ukrainian mobster, and had no intention of actually getting on the plane.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' had a rather interesting variant. Ray was accused of killing a perp, though he actually didn't, and it looked worse because he had GSR on his hands from spending the morning at the range. Ray runs into the Canadian consulate and because it's technically Canadian territory, extradition proceedings have to be done before he can be removed. That gives Fraser time to find the evidence to clear him.



* In an episode of ''Series/TheCloser'' a murderer fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution. But because his victim, an illegal immigrant, was a Mexican citizen, Brenda smiled, got him to sign a paper stating that he had no intention of leaving Mexico, then told him that he was now under Mexican jurisdiction. And Mexico takes a dim view of people murdering its citizens. Just as two Mexican cops haul him off.
** The murderer only steps into this trap because the victim's mother had claimed to be from (IIRC) Costa Rica, not Mexico.
* Spoofed in ''Series/TheBeiderbeckeAffair'', when the protagonists help a dissident escape across the Yorkshire-Lincolnshire border, and later the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.
* [[spoiler: Shane Vendrell]] wants to do this in Season 7 of ''Series/TheShield'', but needs to hang around Los Angeles trying to wait for the heat to cool off and to get some money to do so. [[spoiler: Lem was going to do the same thing, until Shane murdered him.]]
* ''Series/DueSouth'' had a rather interesting variant. Ray was accused of killing a perp, though he actually didn't, and it looked worse because he had GSR on his hands from spending the morning at the range. Ray runs into the Canadian consulate and because it's technically Canadian territory, extradition proceedings have to be done before he can be removed. That gives Fraser time to find the evidence to clear him.
* Joy ''attempts'' this in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', when she is facing felony charges, but it doesn't work out so well. [[spoiler: Earl takes the rap for her and goes to prison in her place, when he sees that Darnell and the kids are suffering without her.]]
* An episode of Dexter wonderfully subverts this: after the previous season ended on a cliffhanger, with [[spoiler:his sister]] discovering one of his murders, the next episode opens InMediasRes, with him rushing to the airport to buy a ticket out of the country. You only find out later in the episode, he was just there to kill a Ukrainian mobster, and had no intention of actually getting on the plane.
* Spoofed by a ''Series/TopGear'' segment that didn't make it into the final cut. After "escaping" from Colditz (now a hotel, and Jeremy checked out with his credit card), they make what ends up being an ''economy'' run for the Polish border on [[UnitConfusion 11.3562354 liters]] of fuel. [[spoiler:James May]] is taken out and shot when he fails to make the border.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheCloser'' a murderer fled ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Offred and her family tried to Mexico to avoid prosecution. But because his victim, an illegal immigrant, was a Mexican citizen, Brenda smiled, got him to sign a paper stating that he had no intention of leaving Mexico, then told him that he was now under Mexican jurisdiction. And Mexico takes a dim view of people murdering its citizens. Just as two Mexican cops haul him off.
** The murderer only steps into this trap because the victim's mother had claimed to be from (IIRC) Costa Rica, not Mexico.
* Spoofed in ''Series/TheBeiderbeckeAffair'', when the protagonists help a dissident escape
flee across the Yorkshire-Lincolnshire border, and later the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.
* [[spoiler: Shane Vendrell]] wants to do this in Season 7 of ''Series/TheShield'', but needs to hang around Los Angeles trying to wait for the heat to cool off and to get some money to do so. [[spoiler: Lem was going to do the same thing, until Shane murdered him.]]
* ''Series/DueSouth'' had a rather interesting variant. Ray was accused of killing a perp, though he actually didn't, and it looked worse because he had GSR on his hands from spending the morning at the range. Ray runs into the Canadian consulate and because it's technically Canadian territory, extradition proceedings have to be done before he can be removed. That gives Fraser time to find the evidence to clear him.
* Joy ''attempts'' this in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', when she is facing felony charges, but it doesn't work out so well. [[spoiler: Earl takes the rap for her and goes to prison in her place, when he sees that Darnell and the kids are suffering without her.]]
* An episode of Dexter wonderfully subverts this: after the previous season ended on a cliffhanger, with [[spoiler:his sister]] discovering one of his murders, the next episode opens InMediasRes, with him rushing to the airport to buy a ticket out of the country. You only find out later in the episode, he was just there to kill a Ukrainian mobster, and had no intention of actually getting on the plane.
* Spoofed by a ''Series/TopGear'' segment that didn't make it into the final cut. After "escaping" from Colditz (now a hotel, and Jeremy checked out with his credit card), they make what ends up being an ''economy'' run for the Polish
border on [[UnitConfusion 11.3562354 liters]] of fuel. [[spoiler:James May]] is taken out and shot when he fails to make the border.into Canada, but got caught.



* One season one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' centered around an inversion: The team was trying to trick a drug dealer into chasing them from a country that had granted him sanctuary across the border into one that wouldn't, where the local police were waiting to arrest him and have him extradited to the US.



** In "Mr. Monk's 100th Case," it's revealed that serial killer Douglas Thurman, after strangling three young actresses, had Mexican currency in his wallet when he killed himself at a motel in Southern California, as he was fleeing from San Francisco to Mexico.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico," Monk is lured to Mexico by a corrupt doctor who wants to kill him in revenge for Monk testifying against him in an insurance fraud case. Said doctor jumped bail, fled to Mexico and changed his name, and did so by committing two bizarre murders (a wild lion attack, and then a boy who drowned in mid-air while skydiving).
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': [[ThoseTwoGuys Huell and Kuby]] are sent to collect Walt's 100+ million dollar money stash. They stare at the giant pile of cash for a minute.
-->'''Huell''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Mexico. All I'm saying.]]
* One season one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' centered around an inversion: The team was trying to trick a drug dealer into chasing them from a country that had granted him sanctuary across the border into one that wouldn't, where the local police were waiting to arrest him and have him extradited to the US.

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** In "Mr. Monk's 100th Case," Case", it's revealed that serial killer Douglas Thurman, after strangling three young actresses, had Mexican currency in his wallet when he killed himself at a motel in Southern California, as he was fleeing from San Francisco to Mexico.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico," Mexico", Monk is lured to Mexico by a corrupt doctor who wants to kill him in revenge for Monk testifying against him in an insurance fraud case. Said doctor jumped bail, fled to Mexico and changed his name, and did so by committing two bizarre murders (a wild lion attack, and then a boy who drowned in mid-air while skydiving).
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': [[ThoseTwoGuys Huell Joy ''attempts'' this in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', when she is facing felony charges, but it doesn't work out so well. [[spoiler: Earl takes the rap for her and Kuby]] goes to prison in her place, when he sees that Darnell and the kids are sent to collect Walt's 100+ million dollar money stash. They stare at the giant pile of cash for a minute.
-->'''Huell''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Mexico. All I'm saying.
suffering without her.]]
* One season one episode ''Film/PerfectAssassins'': Billy takes a hostage and flees for Mexico after partaking in a mass assassination. This leads the heroes to discover the bigger plot at play.
* [[spoiler: Shane Vendrell]] wants to do this in Season 7
of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' centered ''Series/TheShield'', but needs to hang around an inversion: The team was Los Angeles trying to trick a drug dealer wait for the heat to cool off and to get some money to do so. [[spoiler: Lem was going to do the same thing, until Shane murdered him.]]
* Americans flee to Mexico in the MadeForTVMovie ''Super Volcano'', where Yellowstone Park erupts, covers much of the US in ash, and plunges the world
into chasing them from a country that had granted him sanctuary across nuclear winter. They are forced to close the border into one that wouldn't, where the local police were waiting to arrest him and have him extradited to the US. here too.



-->''Hell, no, son. Ain't gonna get the gun/
-->Seen a lotta things, and the've only just begun/
-->Cause the minute they speak Is the minute that I run/
-->10 klicks south to the border station.''
* ''Film/PerfectAssassins'': Billy takes a hostage and flees for Mexico after partaking in a mass assassination. This leads the heroes to discover the bigger plot at play.
* Americans flee to Mexico in the MadeForTVMovie ''Super Volcano'', where Yellowstone Park erupts, covers much of the US in ash, and plunges the world into a nuclear winter. They are forced to close the border here too.
* Series/TopGear:

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-->''Hell, no, son. Ain't gonna get the gun/
-->Seen
gun//
Seen
a lotta things, and the've only just begun/
-->Cause
begun//
Cause
the minute they speak Is the minute that I run/
-->10
run//
10
klicks south to the border station.''
* ''Film/PerfectAssassins'': Billy takes ''Series/TopGear'':
** Spoofed by
a hostage and flees for Mexico after partaking in a mass assassination. This leads the heroes to discover the bigger plot at play.
* Americans flee to Mexico in the MadeForTVMovie ''Super Volcano'', where Yellowstone Park erupts, covers much of the US in ash, and plunges the world
segment that didn't make it into a nuclear winter. They are forced to close the final cut. After "escaping" from Colditz (now a hotel, and Jeremy checked out with his credit card), they make what ends up being an ''economy'' run for the Polish border here too.
* Series/TopGear:
on [[UnitConfusion 11.3562354 liters]] of fuel. [[spoiler:James May]] is taken out and shot when he fails to make the border.



* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Offred and her family tried to flee across the border into Canada, but got caught.



-->I chased him through them county roads
-->'Til a sign said "Canadian border, five miles from here"
-->[[TearJerker Pulled over to the side of the highway, and watched his taillights disappear]]

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-->I chased him through them county roads
-->'Til
roads\\
'Til
a sign said "Canadian border, five miles from here"
-->[[TearJerker
here"\\
[[TearJerker
Pulled over to the side of the highway, and watched his taillights disappear]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'', Alfred and his friends flee to neighbouring Broad Reedland when their home Great Waterland is turned into a fascist dictatorship by Dolf and his [[ANaziByAnyOtherName National Crows Party]].



* On ''WesternAnimation/RicochetRabbitAndDroopALongCoyote'', Sheriff Ricochet Rabbit pursued a criminal named El Loco Lobo until Lobo crossed the border [[spoiler:and was arrested by Ricochet's Mexican cousin counterpart, Ricochet Chavez]].



* On ''WesternAnimation/RicochetRabbitAndDroopALongCoyote'', Sheriff Ricochet Rabbit pursued a criminal named El Loco Lobo until Lobo crossed the border [[spoiler:and was arrested by Ricochet's Mexican cousin counterpart, Ricochet Chavez]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'', Alfred and his friends flee to neighbouring Broad Reedland when their home Great Waterland is turned into a fascist dictatorship by Dolf and his [[ANaziByAnyOtherName National Crows Party]].


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