The House of the Scorpion can relate to real world issues today because of the coyote concept, the U.S. death penalty and people being controlled by society. The coyote concept in the book was when the person took the people across the border and abandons them. People still use the coyote concept today. It could be smuggling drugs across the border or even committing a crime and sneaking across the border with the help of a coyote. The United States death penalty occurs when people commit a crime that is bad enough to receive the death penalty. In the book, once Matt was of no use anymore, he was sent to be killed. In Rosa and Celia’s case, they were going to be turned into eejits. This kind of penalty happened in the book if you went against El Patrón’s wishes. Being turned into an eejit is essentially the same as killing you, because you are being controlled by a chip in your brain. The eejits are also a form of being controlled by the society. They put a chip in your brain that makes you obey controls given. You are draining the soul and life out of a body and replacing it with a robot in a human skin. The society in the book seems very judgmental too. This happens today because society says you need these clothes, this hair, you can't be fat, you have to be pretty. The list goes on and on, and if you don't want to be judged, you feel you have to do all the things society says makes you cool. I don’t believe this has to happen, but it does. People should be accepted in all sizes, shapes, forms, races, etc. If you don’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a person by how they look.