The Joe and Laurie Dine Award 2010

For more than 550 illegal immigrants seeking work in America, crossing the border ended in death in the “The All-American Canal,” a moat on the U.S. border with Mexico. “60 Minutes” exposes this silent carnage, unknown to most Americans and even to the families of the dead, who often never learn their loved one died in the canal’s chilly, fast-moving currents. Correspondent Scott Pelley and producer Shawn Efran deftly show how the canal provides agricultural water for U.S. winter produce, but claims the lives of many trying to cross it in pursuit of a farming job. Because of the publicity caused by the report, officials are installing safety escape lines, potentially saving hundreds of migrants who might otherwise perish in their search for the American dream.