Sam Quinones is an LA-based journalist, and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. He spent 10 years living and reporting from Mexico, where he authored two books about the country and Mexican immigration. He spent another 10 years at the Los Angeles Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, street gangs and neighborhoods. His most recent book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. Contact him at www.samquinones.com
From the street, it looks like an ordinary house. Inside, though, is a small community of men and some women, mostly deportees, renting a warren of tiny rooms that filled in the home’s courtyard in makeshift fashion over the years.