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Ghosts of the Rio Grande

Brendan Borrell, The American Prospect

The path across the border is littered with bodies. Bodies old and bodies young. Bodies known and bodies unknown. Bodies hidden, bodies buried, bodies lost, and bodies found. The stories of the dead haunt the frontier towns from Nuevo Laredo to Nogales, and even deep within the interior of Mexico down to Honduras, someone always knows someone who has vanished—one of losdesaparecidos—during their journey north.

Crossing the Rio Grande is one of the most dangerous paths into the United States. Brendan Borrell tells the story of those lost on the road to a better life.