Beyond The Border


In 2014, Texas was the deadliest state in the U.S. for undocumented immigrants, but the majority of those deaths didn't occur at the Texas-Mexico border. 70 miles north of the Rio Grande, Brooks County has an inland US Border Patrol checkpoint and to circumvent the checkpoint, migrants must leave the highway and hike through the rugged ranchlands. Hundreds die each year on the trek, most from heat stroke. This four-part series looks at the lives impacted by this humanitarian crisis.


  • News and Documentary Emmy: New Approaches: Current News Coverage
  • National Magazine Award: Best Multimedia
  • Online News Association Award for Feature, large


Mae Ryan Director, camera, producer & editor

Melissa del Bosque Producer

Guardian US Interactive Team Interactives & graphics