Immigration Stories: Mattawa: 15-indra-47

Tony Perez, a volunteer Firefighter and EMT responds to a stabbing in an overcrowded trailer in Mattawa, Washington August 24, 2013. Crime has increased along with the population and quickly overwhelmed the small police department. City officials said the small town suddenly confronted big-city problems, including domestic violence, drive-by shootings, and gangs linked to the drug trade that took root in an area where it is easy to hide.

Tony Perez, a volunteer Firefighter and EMT responds to a stabbing in an overcrowded trailer in Mattawa, Washington August 24, 2013. Crime has increased along with the population and quickly overwhelmed the small police department. City officials said the small town suddenly confronted big-city problems, including domestic violence, drive-by shootings, and gangs linked to the drug trade that took root in an area where it is easy to hide.