Border-zone Photography


The Border Patrol helicopter checking for migrant crossers in the Tijuana River canal between the U.S. and Mexico borders.


Some deportees identify with others because of their ways of living and their shared experiences. They form a community through their collective rejection. Unfortunately, there is  a lot of drug and alcohol addiction within these communities.

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This man from Michoacán wants to go back to U.S. with his family after being deported. His wife and kids have legal authorization to be in the U.S.


This is an example of the improvised houses (“ñongos”) where groups of deported people take up residence until they can return to the U.S.

Border-zone Photography

The crane was sent from the United States to clean the sand in the river canal.

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Occasionally, Tijuana Police go into the river canal to “clean it up”. The people scatter because it is common for the police to arrest and detain them for up to 36 hours.

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During the raids,  police will regularly assault people, throw their food away, and burn  their “ñongos” (improvised homes) and blankets. Sometimes the U.S. Border Patrol observes from the other side and guards so that no one runs across. Above is a burning encampment.


This is some of the food commonly eaten in the canal zone. These were urban pigeons hunted some hours before the picture was taken.


Here’s a man that was born in Guerrero and migrated to the U.S. He was deported from Riverside, California for a driving violation. Now he’s the one that make ñongos (improvised houses with recycled materials) for the other migrants. He hasn’t been able to go back to United States and has lived in the Tijuana River canal for almost three years.