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Report — From the October 2018 issue

Checkpoint Nation

Border agents are expanding their reach into the country’s interior

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Laura Sandoval threaded her way through idling taxis and men selling bottles of water toward the entrance of the Cordova International Bridge, which links Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to El Paso, Texas. Earlier that day, a bright Saturday in December 2012, Sandoval had crossed over to Juárez to console a friend whose wife had recently died. She had brought him a few items he had requested—eye drops, the chimichangas from Allsup’s he liked—and now that her care package had been delivered, she was in a hurry to get back to the Texas side, where she’d left her car. She had a
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is the author of Bloodlines, published last year by Ecco. She lives in Austin, Texas. This article was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and The Texas Observer.

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