El otro lado / The other side

I spent some time recently checking out the border crossing in Nogales AZ/Sonora. The project I was there to work on didn’t materialize, but it is fascinating to me exploring a city and people living on a divided.

Life on the border city of Nogales (Steven St. John)

A boutique shop window that greets pedestrian traffic (reflected) as they exit the border crossing.

Life on the border city of Nogales (Steven St. John)

A vendor looks for more customers as people wait in line on active train tracks to cross legally into the USA. I wish I would have slowed my shutter speed to show the train moving.

Life on the border city of Nogales (Steven St. John)

A pregnant woman waits in the hot sun to enter the USA.

Life on the border city of Nogales (Steven St. John)

After spotting the border patrol, a man climbs the fence back into Mexico.

Life on the border city of Nogales (Steven St. John)

The border fence

Life on the border city of Nogales (Steven St. John)

Waiting for a family member, the man at right is a US citizen, but his daughter isn’t.
Life on the border city of Nogales (Steven St. John)

Bringing a lot of milk to Mexico.

Life on the border city of Nogales (Steven St. John)

A border patrol agent watches the fence in hills over Nogales as the sun goes down.

One note I want to make, something I say all the time, but I feel compelled to tell people again and again. Mexico is so much more than what you see around the borders. The problems around the border are a direct result of US policy, specifically our failed war on drugs. Prohibition creates this situation, look at Chicago fromĀ 1920 to 1933. Just my two cents. Feliz cinco de mayo.

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