Fear and uncertainty are the most prominent feelings that undocumented immigrants are filled with since Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States, making him the most powerful man on Earth. The President’s bold and unprecedented promises regarding immigration and the border wall have left undocumented immigrants' vulnerability exposed. For Trump and many of his supporters, this group of individuals has only one face.
This two-part series includes images that were made in the border cities of Tamaulipas, México and South Texas, known as the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). The first part of the series presents a group of individuals that may be undocumented immigrants at some point in their lives due to their limited 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 are common denominators for this group of individuals, including the people who obtained a working permit through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
In this series, these undocumented individuals adopt the most powerful persona in the world. Wearing the mask ensures that their identity is protected from what is to come during the next four years and beyond. The phrase "undocumented immigrant" has been replaced by "a trump" to further protect their identities.
About the Photographer
Verónica G. Cárdenas is a documentary photographer based in the southernmost region in Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. Her work has been shown in many venues, including the United Nations, Long Island City Arts Open in New York City, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley-UTRGV, the Festival of International Books and Arts, and the Festival Internacional de Poesía Latinoamericana. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, El Mundo, Splinter News, Feature Shoot, Texas Observer, San Antonio Current, Austin Chronicle, and Black & White Magazine, among many others.
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