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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 Woman in the Woods

The Woman in the Woods

(p.110) 9 The Woman in the Woods
All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

University of North Carolina Press

In this chapter, the author reconstructs the dead immigrant woman’s probable journey upon crossing the U.S. borderline, starting with a stash house that recently got busted for holding 115 immigrants hostage in Edinburg, Texas. Next, she visits a ranch where immigrants congregate after evading the Falfurrias checkpoint, the Guatemalan Consulate, an offshoot of the Minuteman Project called the Texas Border Volunteers, and the funeral home that received so many of Brooks County’s corpses in 2012, they had to buy another freezer to store them all. Her investigation concludes at Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias, where she tries in vain to find a trace of the woman in the woods.

Keywords:   Brooks County, Texas, Rio Grande Valley, undocumented worker, border death, stash house, U.S. Mexico border, Texas Border Volunteers, The Minuteman Project, illegal immigration, Falfurrias, Texas

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