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El Paso Texas firefighters rescue the body of a man who died while trying to scale the border wall, on November 24, 2021.From a perch on the border fence, thirty feet above an isolated stretch of desert near El Paso, the early-morning air chilled Juan in his rain-soaked clothes. In the pitch dark, he couldn’t see far along the row of towering steel bollards that compose this section of the barrier, though he knew they extended for miles on either side of him.He and his aunt had flown from Mexico City to Ciudad Juárez just a few hours earlier. If everything went according to plan, they would get to New York City in three or four days. But Juan hadn’t anticipated the immensity of the fence, nor did he have time to reconsider the wisdom of this climb. He had been third in a line of about…

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