An anthropology student inspects the bones of a suspected undocumented immigrant after they were exhumed from a gravesite on May 22, 2013 in Falfurrias, Brooks County, Texas. In Brooks County alone, at least 129 immigrants perished in 2012, most of dehydration while making the long crossing from Mexico. Teams from Baylor University and the University of Indianapolis are exhuming the bodies of more than 50 immigrants who died, mostly from heat exhaustion, while crossing illegally from Mexico into the United States. The bodies will be examined and cross checked with DNA sent from Mexico and Central American countries, with the goal of reuniting the remains with families.
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The Deadly Checkpoint

A yearlong investigation captured the intense desperation experienced by dying migrants and produced a life-saving influx of search-and-rescue agents to the region.


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