We don't know his name, but his sister found him dead in the back of a pick-up truck yesterday. He was coming to Houston from Guatemala. He was undocumented. She was told he was dehydrated.
There are thousands others who have died this way - in the desert, in box cars, in the river. How much sadness are they leaving to take such a chance?
Today's NYT announces that immigration has dropped significantly. I guess some people are happy. But the whole immigration debacle is not a happy situation. You either have to leave your family and your home, or you leave and then die, like this 15 year old did as he arrived in Houston.
"Teen Being Smuggled Found Dead in Truck," Houston Chronicle, May 14, 2009
"Mexican Data Say Immigration to U.S. Has Plummeted," New York Times, May 15, 2009