Dying to Cross: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History

Dying to Cross: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History

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by Jorge Ramos, Jonathan Davis
     
 

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In what is indicative of the strained and even desperate times in which we live, comes a tragic story about the death of 19 people, the final hours of their incredible ordeal, and the network of individuals (and countries) who profit from what is considered by many nothing less than modern-day slavery.

On May 13, 2003, at least 73 people boarded a tightly sealed

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In what is indicative of the strained and even desperate times in which we live, comes a tragic story about the death of 19 people, the final hours of their incredible ordeal, and the network of individuals (and countries) who profit from what is considered by many nothing less than modern-day slavery.

On May 13, 2003, at least 73 people boarded a tightly sealed trailer truck in what they hoped to be the final leg of an intricate journey toward their dream of living and working within the United States. The trailer they were riding was to take them from Harlingen, Texas, to Houston. The trailer never made it past Victoria, Texas, and became the site of the single worst immigrant tragedy in United States history.

With the passion and insightful analysis that characterizes his work, Emmy®-award winning journalist Jorge Ramos recounts the events of this chilling tragedy as he tries to understand how something so inhuman can happen in the 21st century.

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Library Journal
May 14, 2003, began as a day of hope for a large group of immigrants looking for a better life in America and ended as a day of unspeakable tragedy. Packed into a trailer truck like cargo, at least 74 men and women suffered dehydration, asphyxiation, and fear as they traveled from Harlingen to Houston for over four hours with virtually no air and no water. In the end 19 died, all male, including a five-year old boy. Ramos (Noticiero Univision anchor; No Borders) tells the story of the tragedy utilizing official case documents and interviews with survivors and investigative personnel. He places blame on the "coyotes" involved, primarily 25-year-old Karla Chavez, who faces life imprisonment in a May sentencing. The author also points a finger at Mexican and U.S. officials, proclaiming the urgent need for immigration reform and an end to such needless deaths. Like Luis Alberto Urrea's The Devil's Highway, this excellent account of modern-day murder is highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/05.]-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780060792329
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/05/2005
Edition description:
Unabridged, 5 CDs, 5 hours
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.79(d)

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