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.
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.