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The level of suspense and tension increases as Taylor

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The level of suspense and tension increases as Taylor, Turtle, Estevan, and Esperanza leave Tucson  in a car. Esperanza rides in the backseat with turtle. Esperanza's long hair is flowing free of the braid  she usually wears, ironically portraying a "brave show of freedom." At the New Mexico border, they  are stopped by immigration officers for a routine car check. Because Taylor is guilty of transporting  illegal immigrants and Estevan and Esperanza  are  illegal immigrants, they are all extremely nervous.  However, their interaction with the patrol officer turns out to be routine and uneventful. Note that  when the officer asks who the parents of turtle are, Estevan claims her as his and Esperanza's. Throughout the trip, Taylor feels increasingly uncomfortable about the relationship developing  between Esperanza and Turtle. She has to do all the driving, so she is grateful that Esperanza plays 
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