By Ben Rehder
Ricky Delgado works as a bird hanger on the chicken plant in Rugoso, Texas, a small border city simply thirty miles south of Laredo. His quiet, unlawful way of life is disrupted whilst he learns that his brother Tomás has been shot and injured almost immediately after crossing the border. jointly, Ricky and Tomás needs to come to a decision: to hazard their unlawful prestige and search justice, or stay silent and undergo the injustices universal to all “wetbacks” in the states. in the meantime, Ricky is battling a conflict inside his personal physique, a ailment he got within the chicken plant, unbeknownst to each person however the crooked supervisor and the company’s doctor.
The townspeople of Rugoso have lengthy been used to Mexicans coming into the states illegally. the road indicators, billboards, and meals labels are revealed in either English and Spanish to house extra shoppers. Even the judicial approach has progressively more experts with Spanish final names, and Herschel Gandy is ill of it. A prosperous Rugoso ranch proprietor and self-appointed defender of the border, he has taken to firing caution photographs at illegals crossing over on his ranch. but if he unearths a bloodied backpack close to where he have been taking pictures, the repercussions of his cover-up video game impact the full town.
Warren Coleman, the easiest border patrol agent in Rugoso, has been being affected by his moral sense for the reason that permitting a trio of unlawful extraterrestrial beings to go one morning. One used to be evidently injured. After preventing a van smuggling medicinal drugs over the border, Warren shoots and kills the motive force in his partner’s security. he's instantly thrown into nationwide highlight for his heroism, or brutality, reckoning on the resource. whereas traveling his associate within the health center, Warren back runs into the unlawful with the injured hand. Fearing the implications of his judgements, Warren needs to come to a decision among leaving Rugoso for a brand new begin, or pursuing his growing to be suspicion that there's extra to find in regards to the Mexican’s injury.
The chook Hanger confronts the present-day controversy of politics and prejudice alongside the Texas-Mexico border. Rehder weaves among a number of views and reviews of these holding the United States and people hoping to turn into americans, and asks even if a man’s worthy is measured via his citizenship, or by way of the lifestyles he leads. Long-standing arguments approximately border regulate within the South and the factors of opposing aspects create a suspenseful story of 1 unlawful immigrant’s struggle for justice within the land of the free.