opportunities available to him." He concludes the same column by writing, "The
coyotes keep coming, breeding up to fill in the gaps, moving in where the living is
easy. They are cunning, versatile, hungry and unstoppable." How do these passages
reflect Delaney's mixed feelings about illegal immigrants? Is he a hypocrite? As the
novel progresses, Delaney's humanistic beliefs give way to racism and resentment,
and he directs his rage at all illegal immigrants onto Cándido. When confronted with
evidence that Cándido is not the vandal at Arroyo Blanco, he destroys it. Why does
Delaney need to believe that the vandal is Cándido? How does Delaney evolve from
being a "liberal humanist" to a racist?
Boundaries—both real and imagined—play a large role in the novel, especially the
front gate at Arroyo Blanco Estates. In what other instances do boundaries appear
and what do they represent? What roles do the different characters play in
constructing these boundaries?