A Mother’s Search


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.

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Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Content Manager, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She left the Observer in 2017.


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