Sin Nombre's Terrifying Political Reality

The trek north in Sin Nombre is one of a thousand stories in real life.

The Mexican-American border has marked off fiercely differing political beliefs in this country for years. For Central American immigrants, however, the space they must travel to get to that border is a real no man’s land, overrun by corrupt police, gang violence, and extreme poverty. It is the narrative space that Sin Nombre covers and which Joel Bleifuss investigates here.