'That Mexican thing' lurking in the Arizona desert

October 14, 2016

Player utilities

A view of the border fence in Nogales, Mexico, looking toward Nogales, Arizona.

Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez's face stares from a portrait hung on the cliff under the border fence in Nogales, Mexico. In 2012, a US border agent shot Jose Antonio through the fence. 


Rupa Shenoy

(Season 2, Episode 5) In the burning heat of Arizona's vast, mostly empty Wild West desert, young Mexican American teenagers decide between working for the border guard or for the cartels smuggling drugs and people north. The kids that choose to be border agents face anger within their own families, as migrants desperate to come to the US die nameless deaths.