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The border photos taken at El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Chihuahua were taken on an assignment for a certain US missionary society which is committed to social work around the world, and whose members help migrant communities. The Catholic Church runs safe houses on either side of the frontier, where migrants can rest before and after making the hazardous passage through the desert while heading north in search of jobs. Although they are illegal migrants, several Church based organizations help them on their journey, offering sound advice about the crossing, and giving them food and shelter.

In 2005 when the photographs were taken, a fence ran for several miles between the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez, though it petered out beyond the city limits. Crossing the border would be easy, if it were not for the US border patrol vehicles which are stationed at regular intervals so that the entire border can be surveyed. The border is lit by floodlights at night. White supremacist 'Minutemen' have also started to be present on that section of border, observing migrants crossing and violently harrassing them when they arrive. The border stands as a symbol of injustice, illustrating the North's dominance over the South, and the plight of the poor migrant workers whose energy is really needed in the USA in order for agriculture and many low paying industries to flourish. There is a shocking contrast of wealth and poverty between the two cities on either side of the border.

- Sean Sprague, Photographer
Border Crossing
#05mx067, Freeway approaching Mexico. El Paso, Texas.

05mx067 - Freeway approaching Mexico. El Paso, Texas.


Illegal Migrants
#05mx047, Child of Illegal migrants from Mexico who have just crossed the border on foot and are taking refuge at a migrants' shelter, Annunciation House, in El Paso, Texas

05mx047 - Child of Illegal migrants from Mexico who have just crossed the border on foot and are taking refuge at a migrants’ shelter, Annunciation House, in El Paso, Texas, USA.


Border Fence
#05mx003, The fence running along the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico.

05mx003 - The fence running along the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, USA.


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Migrants' Shelter
#05mx045, Illegal migrants from Mexico who have just crossed the border on foot and are taking refuge at a migrants' shelter, Annunciation House, in El Paso, Texas

05mx045 - Illegal migrants from Mexico who have just crossed the border on foot and are taking refuge at a migrants’ shelter, Annunciation House, in El Paso, Texas, USA.


Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
#05mx087, Walking a dirt street, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

05mx087 - Walking a dirt street, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.



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