Alvaro Enciso is one of the most notable artists in the American Southwest. Among his other work, in recent years he has placed crosses to mark the deaths of more than 900 migrants in the Sonoran desert south of Tucson,…
Alejandro is an asylum-seeker from Venezuela who is fleeing political persecution. He spent the summer in Nogales while waiting to present at the port of entry, and has been detained in La Palma since September.
Noted artist Alvaro Enciso has planted crosses to mark the deaths of more than 900 migrants in the Sonoran desert south of Tucson, each marked with a red dot like those marking men and women who have perished on the “death maps” published by Humane Borders. This is his report from the borderlands earlier this week.
ICE officers spent the day on Tuesday, the first day in many states and cities with legally-mandated social distancing protocols to protect the general population, gathering up migrants in Southern California.
The impulse to lock the border, push cruise ships out to sea, and share our public virtues only with people who look and sound like us and haven’t had the bad judgment to consort with speakers of other languages or travel to far places, is predictable.
The outcomes are stark: 263 people have been granted relief.
Artist Sandy Rodriguez is closing out her remarkable show of 20 works of visual art, including a display of indigenous materials she uses to make her pigments,. The show is extraordinary, blending earthy landscapes with images of the faces of children who have died in ICE and CBP custody in the past three years.
In 2010, 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez Guereca, was shot in the head and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while the agent stood in the U.S., and Hernandez Guereca ran from him, on the Mexican side of the border in Juarez.
“We hear children ask: ‘Why is it so beautiful?’ and we say ‘Because you deserve it,’” she said.
I imagined us hiking into the desert, leaving the jugs in hard-to-reach places. I was excited about doing something positive in the face of daily reports of migrants dying in the desert for lack of water. I thought we’d be called upon to hike many miles into brambles and snake-infested bushes.