Between Two Worlds

From the late 1970’s through the 1990’s the San Diego Sector of the border with Mexico was a portal through which more illegal immigrants passed than across any political boundary in the world. Border Patrol statistics reveal that more than 2 million people were apprehended and deported. Authorities surmise millions more evaded arrest. I recorded both enforcement efforts and changing migratory routes in an era when the border was variously defined by strands of barbed wire pounded into the dirt by thousands of feet, a schoolyard-like chain link fence through which migrants got their first views of El Norte, and a barrier of surplus steel that could be climbed by nearly anyone who was too hungry to knock.

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