This week, the Weekly includes two very different--yet both painfully accurate and detailed--stories on the horrible results of illegal immigration. Leo W. Banks follows what we're calling the Amnesty Trail, a popular route for migrants, coyotes and smugglers--and what he finds will blow your mind.
Freelancer Debbie Nathan brings us the sad tale of Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera. He's the young man killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on Jan. 12. Debbie traveled to Dominguez Rivera's hometown of Cuautla and talked to his family, bringing back a few photos that will break your heart.
Seeing as we've covered one story that portrays a migrant in a positive light, and another that details the havoc being wreaked because of the flood of migrants into Arizona, I have no doubt that I'll get a deluge of e-mails and phone calls from people on all sides of the immigration debate. Seeing as people are more likely to write or call when they're upset, I am bracing for lots of crankiness.
But I am ready for it. It's our job to cover all aspects of the debacle that is resulting from our country's current border policy (or the lack thereof)--even if people don't like it.