The Devil's Highway is journalist/author Luis Alberto Urrea's account of an incident which happened in May 2001 on a strip of borderland between Arizona and Mexico, along a path which is aptly named "The Devil's Highway." This strip of land is a virtual death trap for those who finds themselves there, from white tourists to Mexican immigrants.
The Devil's Highway has become a prime location for the human traffickers, known as Coyotes, to bring unwitting Mexicans across the border. It is deadly, and it has been the sight of many border-crossing and other tragedies. The group of hopeful immigrants started as the Wellton 26, but the 14 people who died in this crossing are known as the Yuma 14.This is undoubtedly the worst known tragedy to occur in this lethal place.
While Urrea spends most of his time explaining the stories and atrocities of the event, he also writes in an effort to effect change. In the last chapter of his book, "Home," he reasserts several arguments he has made throughout the...
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