The Devil’s Highway (Topic 1)
Luis Alberto Urrea is an author who wrote a book based on an investigative report concerning the twenty six men who attempted to cross the Mexican border in 2001. This deadly desert and fascinating book is titled “The Devil’s Highway”. Many souls that attempted to cross this died whether it was for pleasure or for opportunity. Both intentions ended in tragedy. The Devil’s highway is known to have evil spirits known from the Indian culture such as the coyote spirit and the evil witch. The desert contained nocturnal animals that are “poisonous and alien” such as: sidewinders, rattlesnakes, coral snakes, Gila monsters, killer bees, scorpions, giant centipedes, black widows, tarantulas etc. The main obstacle that stood in all the illegal immigrants way was the heat. The heat most definitely killed almost anyone who stepped foot on the desert. They never had enough water. Even the people who went to the desert just to sit and relaxed were cooked up in the heat because they didn’t have enough water with them.
In this deadly dessert, the border lines are observed, inspected and secured by the border patrol. The border line is divided into sectors known as Tucson and Yuma. Urrea’s view of the border patrol is not so much as negative or positive. He describes it
in a way where he portrays that they’re “just doing their job”. The border patrol played cruel jokes on the illegal immigrants such as: throwing the dead snake to scare them.
Illegal immigrants made the choice to cross the devil’s highway because they believed it wasn’t as highly patrolled as other areas are. The process of crossing this desert is actually more than you think. A group who decides to go all at once meet with the person of their hometown who obviously has knowledge about crossing the border. This man’s name is Don Moi and he is known as a recruiter. He will gather information and contact and recruit more people. The immigrants who...
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