The Devil’s Highway

A recruiter for the notorious Cercas gang. Born Moises García, he earned the Spanish-language honorific “Don”—equivalent to “sir”—through his reputation in Veracruz and southern Mexico as a kind of benevolent Robin Hood figure who helped poor Mexicans make their way north to the border. In the employ of the shadowy Chespiro, Don Moi recruited the Wellton 26 and took enormous sums of money from each of them—between thirteen and twenty thousand pesos a head. Don Moi was the first to begin to dehumanize the Wellton 26 by exploiting their trust, seeing them only as desperate “pollos” willing to pay well beyond their means in order for a chance at better lives.
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Don Moi García Character Timeline in The Devil’s Highway

The timeline below shows where the character Don Moi García appears in The Devil’s Highway. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: In Veracruz
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Don Moi García, a recruiter and fixer for the Coyotes of Sonora, was a “walking ad for... (full context)
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Reymundo Barreda approached Don Moi , along with his son Reymundo Jr. Both were hoping to make their way to... (full context)
Chapter 6: In Sonoita
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Meanwhile, in Veracruz, Don Moi was on his way up to Sonoita with all his recruits. The bus trip was... (full context)
Afterword: Ten Years On
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...risked everything to come to America. He reveals that he had accidentally crossed paths with Don Moi before he even knew who he was, and that he learned a great deal from... (full context)