What lesson do you think The Devil's Highway is trying to teach?

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While The Devil's Highway focuses on a particular incident, it addresses a much broader issue. Urrea uses this 2001 tragedy to study immigration from varied perspectives. He conveys the physical pain and emotional suffering of Mexicans who aspire for a better quality of life. The reader understands the complexities of...

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While The Devil's Highway focuses on a particular incident, it addresses a much broader issue. Urrea uses this 2001 tragedy to study immigration from varied perspectives. He conveys the physical pain and emotional suffering of Mexicans who aspire for a better quality of life. The reader understands the complexities of illegal border crossing, the harshness of the desert corridor, and the international syndicate of human trafficking. Urrea provides a compelling understanding of the political, financial, and humanitarian aspects of the problem, from all sides of the issue.

The Devil's Highway helps the reader to develop a sympathetic attitude and broader perspective in the current "border war." The problem of immigration is not limited to Mexico. It is a natural, human tendency to strive for improvement, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Border enhancement has become a worldwide concern today with grave consequences.

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This is a fascinating book, dealing with the true life story of one group of Mexican immigrants who were so desperate to enter the United States that they are willing to risk their very lives in one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet. This book forces us to ask some massive questions about the economic state of the world and how such economic inequalities will make people go to such desperate lengths to be able to earn more money. Why is it that there is such an economic disparity that causes people to risk their lives in such a dramatic and drastic way and is it really worth the risk and the danger to live in the United States as a mojado, an illegal immigrant who lives in fear of deportation and can only earn the minimum wage and often has to suffer terrible working conditions? This is a book that should make us look at economic migration in a completely different way and to make us uncomfortable in our wealth.

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