Fear and uncertainty, the most prominent feelings that undocumented immigrants are filled with after Donald J. Trump was elected as president of the United States, making him the most powerful man on Earth. The unprecedented President’s bold promises regarding immigration and the border wall have left undocumented immigrants’ vulnerability exposed. To him and his supporters, this group of individuals is usually solely seen as having one face, without considering their individuality.
This two-part series includes images that were taken in border cities in Tamaulipas, México and South Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). The first part of the series presents a group of individuals that could be potential undocumented immigrants at some point in their lives due to the limited amount of opportunities to make a better living or due to violence in their country. The second part of the series presents the undocumented population in South Texas where fear and uncertainty is a common denominator for this group of individuals, including the students that obtained a working permit through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
In this series, this group opts for adopting the most powerful persona in the world. Wearing the mask ensures that their identity is protected from what is coming these next four years and possible changes thereafter. The noun “undocumented immigrant” has been replaced by “trump” to further protect their identity.
A young potential trump collecting cans in a landfill in Reynosa, Tamps.
A potential trump cleaning windshields in Reynosa, Tamps.
A potential trump working at a boutique in Reynosa, Tamps.
A potential trump dispensing gasoline in Reynosa, Tamps.
A trump crossing the South Texas border
A DACA student, or potential trump attending The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
A trump working in the fields in San Juan, Tex.
A trump selling vegetables in Mission, Tex.
A trump working at a restaurant in McAllen, Tex.
A trump serving tacos at a corner taco stand in Peñitas, Tex.
A trump working as a domestic worker in Mission, Tex.
A trump mixing paints at a local business in Alamo, Tex.
A trump working in construction in Mission, Tex.
Please note that for the purpose of this project, examples of the jobs that an undocumented person would obtain in this region were presented; Thus not implying that the business or companies pictured hire undocumented immigrants.