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A Mother’s Search

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Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Editor, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music.

Texas has become the deadliest state in the U.S. for undocumented immigrants. In rural Brooks County, 70 miles north of the Rio Grande, 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 video is from a four-part series that looks at the lives impacted by the humanitarian crisis. The series is a collaboration between The Texas Observer and The Guardian.