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Artist Bill McLaughlin of New Berlin, NY traveled to Tijuana, Mexico in December 2019 to photograph the migrants and asylum seekers left stranded at the border. They were stranded due to the January 2019 abrupt change in US immigration policy informally known as “Remain in Mexico” in which asylum seekers at the US/Mexico border were returned to Mexico to wait, often for many months, for their immigration proceedings.

Working with the non-profit organization, Border Angels, McLaughlin spent several weeks meeting migrants, listening to their stories and asking to take their portraits. His intimate ‘retratos con dignidad’ — portraits with dignity — document individuals and families who McLaughlin says “have sacrificed everything in an attempt to save their children from brutal gang violence, crushing poverty and the ravages of political corruption.”