Migrants Spend Their Holidays in Limbo at the U.S.-Mexico Border (Photo Essay)
Multimedia journalist and Truthdig correspondent Michael Nigro traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuana in December to cover the stories of Central American families seeking asylum. In a reader-funded campaign, through photo essays and original reporting, Nigro offers a firsthand account of the confrontations between asylum seekers and government officials in a climate of heightened xenophobia. Above is the first of several photo essays documenting conditions at the southern border during the holiday season. Some families have traveled more than 2,000 miles to escape dangerous conditions, including gang violence and poverty. Last month, U.S. Border Patrol agents fired tear gas on asylum seekers, including children, near Tijuana. Thousands are waiting in Mexican camps, unsure whether the U.S. will let them in. Michael Nigro has previously covered the Poor People's Campaign, the Dakota Access pipeline protests at Standing Rock, N.D., the Trump inauguration DisruptJ20 protests, and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.