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The Gates of Hell
Amado Coello is sixty-two year sold, a salt-and-pepper-haired retiree with a gentle, grandfatherly manner that gives him the air of a fairy-tale cobbler. He is in fact a retired paramedic, carrying out volunteer duty at a Mexican Red Cross station set up in a tractor trailer a few miles short of the Arizona border in Mexico.
The makeshift clinic is up a few wooden steps, and it's free. It's open twenty-four hours a day, year round, and attends to a constant river of people who draw up into the tawdry high desert town of Altar on buses in their
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TIM GAYNOR is a Reuters reporter who has been on the ground in more than two dozen towns and cities along the U.S.-Mexico border from San Diego to the Gulf Coast. He works closely with the FBI, DEA, ICE, Border Patrol, Customs & Border Protection, and other agencies. Gaynor was nominated for Reuters Reporter of the Year in 2007 for his immigration coverage. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.