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ELIZABETH, N.J.--Edison, 50, an undocumented man from Uruguay, wraps his knuckles against the basement wall of the row house as if it is a front door.

"Who is it?" a 44-year-old Salvadoran immigrant named Antonio asks in Spanish.

"La migra," Edison says, using the Spanish slang for the Border Patrol and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Is Antonio inside?"

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"What do you want?" Antonio asks.

"We want to speak with you," says Edison, who like everyone else in the basement asked me not to use his or her last name. "Open the door."

"Did I commit a crime?" Antonio asks.

"We have a warrant for your arrest," Edison says.

"Slide it under the door," Antonio says.

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Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

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