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Can you characterize the immigrants as "good people" and the border patrol agents as "bad people" in The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea?

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Of course readers of The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea could make the assumption that all the illegal immigrants trying to cross the American border are "good people" and all the Border Patrol agents (whose job it is to keep people from crossing the border illegally) are bad people--or vice versa. That would not be a true and fair characterization, however, because there are certainly "good guys" and "bad guys" on both sides of the border.

Urrea is a journalist who writes about a specific incident involving the Yuma 14 who died during a border crossing (or the Wellstone 26 which includes the survivors). While it is clear that he has a...

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