Why were the immigrants who died listed as "white males" in The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea?

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In the non-fiction work The Devil's Highway the author brings facts from several sides together to paint a picture of how illegal immigration affects border crossers, border towns, the Border Patrol, the Coroner's Office, and ultimately, the rest of us. The theme in this book is forgotten men, victims who are caught in the crossfire of a brutal game of smuggling humans and drugs across the southern US border. The climax of the story occurs when the 26 men who set out from Mexico—many from far south of the border, in Veracruz—are caught in a zone called "the devil's highway" for its history of killing those who try to cross it. Their struggle for survival and the demise of the Yuma 14 (the 14 men who died that day in May 2001) is the heart of the story.

The author, Luis Alberto Urrea , makes a point of giving each man a biography, of describing the things each man carried, and of discussing their relationships and motivations for crossing. He does this to emphasize that each of the crossers...

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