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To illustrate the experience of the illegal alien in metro Atlanta, Creative Loafing staff writer Alyssa Abkowitz interviewed federal agency officials, state lawmakers, and immigration and antiimmigration advocates. Abkowitz and news intern Alejandro Leal pieced together the life of illegal immigrant Pablo through interviews — conducted in Spanish and translated by Leal — with Pablo’s wife Birai, friend Adan, and youngest brother Miguel.

Information, particularly regarding the chronology of the construction site accident, was corroborated with documents obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act from the Fulton County Police Department, Fulton County Emergency Medical Services, Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The interviews and documents were used to reconstruct conversations, scenes and events.


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