Seeking Refuge

Asylum seekers wait on the Paso del Norte International Bridge. 

The bridge, which connects El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, is a main point of entry for refugees. Each person and family we spoke to expressed the same concerns - they’d been there for 4, 5, even 6 days, with no idea when they’d be able to enter or begin the asylum process. They all mentioned being cold at night, huddled under blankets in the open air. They came from Guatemala, Honduras, and Cuba - some traveling for the past 6 months. As the administration looks to limit asylum seekers entering the United States, their futures remain bleak. 

Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday for remembering friends and family who have died. Observed with Calaveras, ofrendas, catrinas, and marionettes, the holiday is one of celebration. 

In El Paso, for the first time, the holiday was marked by a Noche de Calaveras procession hosted by the El Paso Museum of Art. The fantastical parade featured mariachis, dancers, marching bands, catrinas, calavera masks, and large-scale marionettes designed by the Mexico City artist collective, Colectivo Ultima Hora

El Paso, Texas. November 2018.

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