October 23 2015

Huffington Post – The Side of Mexican Immigration That You Need to See

Nov. 24, 2014. Tunkas, Yucatan, Mexico. Pedro, 73, showing his Social Security card from 1964, when he was hired as a "bracero" to work in the agriculture in California. "After my contract expired, I returned to Mexico. Shortly after, I crossed the border illegally. I wanted to stay, but there was no chance. When you are undocumented in the U.S., you can't be free. In the late sixties, we were always scared. I miss California." Credit: Raul Roman/UBELONG
Nov. 24, 2014. Tunkas, Yucatan, Mexico. Pedro, 73, showing his Social Security card from 1964, when he was hired as a “bracero” to work in the agriculture in California. “After my contract expired, I returned to Mexico. Shortly after, I crossed the border illegally. I wanted to stay, but there was no chance. When you are undocumented in the U.S., you can’t be free. In the late sixties, we were always scared. I miss California.” Credit: Raul Roman/UBELONG
…The core of our project was to bring light to the human side of immigration — a hot policy arena that tends to ignore the social, cultural and emotional dimensions of the phenomenon. Instead of focusing on immigrants in the United States, we went the opposite way to understand what’s happening across the border…

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