“Opening of the Door of Hope”

On April 30th, I attended the 5th door opening ceremony at the US-Mexican border at Border Field State Park in San Diego.  The event was organized by Enrique Morones, of Border Angels, a human rights organization located in San Diego. The Door of Hope was opened by border patrol on the US side and six families were reunited from both sides.  The family meetings were permitted for three to five minutes each. The images chronicle the event from the moment the door opened until the final closing. This event brings much-needed attention to the many families that are separated by the Border.

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“In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.”
― Guy Debord

HAITIAN REFUGEES IN MEXICO- Photo Essay

Statelessness in Tijuana, Mexico

Thousands of Haitian refugees living in Tijuana were hoping to find asylum under the parole provision – a three-year stay in the United States established in 2010 after the devastation of the earthquake in Haiti. As of September 2016, the Obama administration changed the immigration policy to turn away Haitian refugees at the border now that Haiti is deemed safe to return. Presently over 4,000 refugees are now stateless in Tijuana, Mexico. This refugee crisis is happening at our doorstep all the while both Mexico and the US squabble about building walls.