Children paying on a pipe crossing over the Rio Grande River; a natural border separating the Unites States and Mexico. Even during the extreme turbulence of the current immigration crisis, which is averaging 120,000 asylum seeking refugees per month, there are tiny glimpses into the hyper-normalization upon the youth of the region.

Children paying on a pipe crossing over the Rio Grande River; a natural border separating the Unites States and Mexico. Even during the extreme turbulence of the current immigration crisis, which is averaging 120,000 asylum seeking refugees per month, there are tiny glimpses into the hyper-normalization upon the youth of the region.

A child left unattended in the middle of an active motorway outside the border entering the United States from Mexico. She’s left with two empty water bottles on a sweltering hot summer day. The Asylum crisis is growing more and more desperate.

A child left unattended in the middle of an active motorway outside the border entering the United States from Mexico. She’s left with two empty water bottles on a sweltering hot summer day. The Asylum crisis is growing more and more desperate.

A man watches as members of his family are being detained by U.S. Border Patrol on other side of the Rio Grande river.

A man watches as members of his family are being detained by U.S. Border Patrol on other side of the Rio Grande river.

While loosing track of time exploring Piedras Negras on foot, I meet a friendly man who offers me ride back to the U.S. border before nightfall, a necessity for foreigners due to crime and kidnapping from the ongoing drug cartel wars. I learned he had spent time in the U.S., even served in the Military at one point, before being deported back to Mexico. He loved his convertible and its sound system. HIs favorite band is Led Zeppelin.

While loosing track of time exploring Piedras Negras on foot, I meet a friendly man who offers me ride back to the U.S. border before nightfall, a necessity for foreigners due to crime and kidnapping from the ongoing drug cartel wars. I learned he had spent time in the U.S., even served in the Military at one point, before being deported back to Mexico. He loved his convertible and its sound system. HIs favorite band is Led Zeppelin.

What is contentious for one species, a symbol of decades of hardship with real consequence, is nothing at all to another; nothing more than a resting spot while flying over.

What is contentious for one species, a symbol of decades of hardship with real consequence, is nothing at all to another; nothing more than a resting spot while flying over.

Clouds roll over a church on a hot and stormy day that’s housing refugees awaiting a chance to seek asylum. There are countless churches in the region turned homeless shelters overflowing at double capacity trying to ease the pain of these immigrants.

Clouds roll over a church on a hot and stormy day that’s housing refugees awaiting a chance to seek asylum. There are countless churches in the region turned homeless shelters overflowing at double capacity trying to ease the pain of these immigrants.

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