Thousands of migrants from Central America, fleeing poverty and violence, are arriving in Tijuana, Mexico, where they are living in squalid conditions as they seek entry into the United States.
President Trump has vilified them, claiming without evidence that their caravan harbors gang members and terrorists – an “onslaught of illegal aliens,” he calls it. The president has deployed troops to the border and threatened to illegally turn away migrants seeking asylum. U.S. border agents have fired tear gas at some who tried to cross the border.
But turning these individuals and families back, or actively deporting them to their home countries, may mean sentencing them to violent persecution or even death.
SPLC Deputy Legal Director Mary Bauer recently traveled to Tijuana to speak with some of them. Photographer Todd Bigelow captured images that put their despair, hope and humanity on full display.