California State University, Fullerton
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The Fallen

As Cal State Fullerton students learn about the forces and complexities behind immigration and border security, they also learn of their most tragic consequences.

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L: Small brick marks burial site of migrant, R: Flowers for a fallen BPC officer

Left: A numbered brick, one of hundreds lining an unmarked lot in the back of a cemetery in Holtville, marks the grave of an unknown immigrant. Right: A memorial marks the spot where Border Patrol agent Robert W. Rosas was ambushed and fatally shot by robbers on July 23, 2009, while patrolling near Campo, CA.

Drownings are a common occurrence at the 80-mile-long All-American Canal, which transports water from the Colorado River to the Imperial Valley and runs parallel to the U.S.-Mexico border along several miles. Deep and steep along the sides, it’s quite easy to fall into, especially at night. Many of the canal's victims are immigrants traveling along the Calexico border.

The Robert W. Rosas Memorial along the international border fence near Campo, by the Shuckey Truck Trail.