Beyond the Border

Beyond the Border

Beyond the border - A partnership between The Texas Observer and the Guardian

"Texas has become the deadliest state in the US for undocumented immigrants.  In 2012, 271 migrants died while crossing through Texas, surpassing Arizona as the nation's most dangerous entry point.  The majority of those deaths didn't occur at the Texas-Mexico border but in rural Brooks County, 70 miles north of the Rio Grande, where the US Border Patrol has a checkpoint.  To circumvent the checkpoint, migrants must leave the highway and hike through the rugged ranchlands.  Hundreds die each year on the trek, most from heat stroke.  This four-part series looks at the lives impacted by the humanitarian crisis."

Part One, Aug. 6, 2014, Into the Wilderness, by Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer, and the Guardian US interactive team.