The tiny towns that line the U.S.-Mexico border in east San Diego County—Campo, Boulevard and Tierra del Sol—mark the road north for hundreds of migrants as they cross the border, and travel on. Hardly any of those migrants stay - only those who die in the crossing. But for the people who live here, some with roots going back generations, these tiny communities are home to growing hunger and poverty.
In the first days he felt more energy than usual. Then came weariness. Then he was lightheaded. But Santa Rosa immigration attorney Richard Coshnear has persisted in a hunger strike which today reaches its 11th day. In refusing to eat, the 53-year-old activist has become an extreme example of the passions over illegal immigration issues.