As legislators in Washington debate bipartisan proposals for an
immigration overhaul, Texas officials say the small town of Falfurrias, the seat of Brooks County
and part of the U.S. Border Patrol region known as the Rio Grande
Valley sector, is emerging as an epicenter of death and misery.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and K-9 security dogs keep watch at a checkpoint station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Falfurrias, Texas. Government agencies vary widely in how they are dealing with $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect last week. Federal workers could face seven days of furloughs at the Housing and Urban Development Department, but Homeland Security personnel might see twice that number. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
In this Feb. 22, 2013 photo, a sign and plastic flower mark the Falfurrias, Texas grave for the unidentified remains of a suspected illegal immigrant discovered in South Texas. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)