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Upon entry into the States, immigrants are asked to remove the laces of the shoes to ensure they cannot easily escape the U.S. National Guard.

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August 28, 2020
The Border Wall consists of a weathered steel bollard fence and barbed wire.

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August 28, 2020
According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, “there were 851,508 apprehensions in the 2019 fiscal year (October 2018-September 2019), a 115% increase from the previous fiscal year and the highest total in 12 years.” Apprehensions refer to the removal or arrest of non-American citizens via the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Arise had hoped that their attendance at the rally would draw attention to the immigration crisis developing at the border.

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August 28, 2020
On March 3, Super Tuesday, a march had been hosted by members of Arise to promote voting rights within the community. The march had culminated at the local Development and Research Center, the designated location for polling.

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The Arise organization comprises five locations, with one acting as their support center.

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In honor of International Women’s Day, members of Arise and volunteers alike had spent several days refurbishing the main facility to prepare for the long-awaited celebration.

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Prior to its closure, youth members of Arise had repainted an external recreational center to spread positivity throughout the community.

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August 28, 2020
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August 28, 2020
Similar to communities within Central and South America, stray animals lurk along street corners hopeful for either a companion or affection— or perhaps both.

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March 20, 2020
Having withstood a fire nearly a year ago, the remnants of the house remain untouched and weathered.

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March 20, 2020
Gangs dominate “las colonias”. If an opposing member crosses their rival’s territory, they will be shot and killed. This rule applies to all opposing members— even those whose only contact with gangs is their shared residence. The letters “SS” serve as the territorial marking of one of the local gangs.

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March 20, 2020
Much of Las Milpas remains demolished or vacant as citizens are unable to afford the expense of a renovation.

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March 20, 2020
While the national primaries captivated many participants' attention, voting for both local sheriff and state representatives had taken place that morning as well.

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March 20, 2020
A host from Telemundo attended the rally to inform those of the Spanish-speaking community.

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March 20, 2020
Videographers and local news hosts had attended the rally to both raise awareness and enable viewing for those who had been unable to attend.

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March 20, 2020
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