For years, southern Arizona has been the deadliest place to attempt an illegal crossing into the United States. But the changing economics and geography of illegal immigration are taking a grim new toll in the flat, barren scrublands of south Texas — especially Brooks County.
April 22, 2013 Abel Pineda, 28, of Honduras shows where he was beaten by a group of armed men and left for dead in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Tex., which is southeast of Brooks County. There has been a surge of people from Central America trying to enter the United States via south Texas. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington Post Buy Photo