In a post apocalyptic Mexico, a pregnant teen risks her life to cross the closed border so her son can be born an American citizen.
Any particular reason why it’s “post Apocalyptic”? “Pre-Apocalypic” Mexico is already bad enough for a character motivation. I mean there are already plenty of good reasons for people to flee Mexico, like poverty, corruption,the violence of the drug cartels. No doubt, there are pregnant teens trying to get across the border for their babies to be born in the US even as I’m typing these words.
Great. You could add more but why? It ticks all the boxes for me. Protagonist I can care about. I ticking clock, do it while she can and before she gives birth. Heightened stakes, with the apocalypse, plus the extra effort of closed borders. You have stated a clear goal. Well done.
I’m with dpg on this. People are crossing the border now for this very reason, and some right wing extremist groups are going to great lengths to prevent them, by building walls and having militia groups patrolling the border.
In a post-apocalyptic world I don’t see how it would even matter where the baby is born, since everywhere would be just as bad. Also, there would quite possibly no longer be any governments and all borders would be meaningless.
One thing that COULD make it an interesting reason to set it in a post-apocalyptic future is if ? provided that there still were nations and borders ? the situation was reversed from now and the US was maybe a bit worse off than other places and people were desperately trying to get OUT of there, including the mother who instead wants the baby to be born in Mexico instead. If you flip the situation, then it might be a reason to place it in the future, otherwise you could just set it in the present.