In The House of the Scorpion, no one is more obsessed with death than El Patrón. Let's be honest: he terrified of it, so he uses clones to avoid it altogether. We could have told El Patrón that living forever isn't all it's cracked up to be (just look at Voldemort), but we doubt he would have listened. After all, death is pretty scary, so we can almost understand his fear. Even brave Matt has a terrifying moment in the boneyard, when he comes quite close to dying, and he runs from Opium to avoid death in the first place. But Matt also seems to know that there's something weird and perverse about living forever, especially when it requires you to abuse others. In Matt's mind, death is to be feared, but not to be conquered.
Tam Lin does not fear death, and that sets him apart from his powerful employer, El Patrón.
The fate the eejits experience is worse than death.