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All the Agents and SaintsDispatches from the U.S. Borderlands$
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631592

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631592.001.0001

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The Chokepoint

The Chokepoint

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All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

University of North Carolina Press

The year 2012 broke all records when tiny Brooks County in South Texas recovered the bodies of 129 undocumented immigrants found somewhere along its 942 square miles of ranches and roads. Lead investigator Danny Davila invites the author on the recovery of the 35th body found that year: a woman who had been abandoned by her coyote and left to die three days earlier. Her official cause of death, however, was listed as “hiking through ranch illegally.” In this chapter, the author expands on the history and consequence of U.S. immigration policy.

Keywords:   Brooks County, Texas, Falfurrias, Texas, border death, undocumented worker, illegal alien, U.S. Mexico border, human smuggling, Tejano, border patrol agent, human trafficking

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