MIGRANTS CHASING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Some Central Americans are risking it all to reach the United States. http://slate.me/1TIPxVS
- •After reading the non-fiction book ‘Enrique’s Journey’, photographer Michelle Frankfurter packed a bag full of film and bought a plane ticket to Mexico City.The story of a migrant boy’s search for his mother inspired her.
- •Her series ‘Destino’ focuses on the struggle of Central American migrants to find new homes and futures.In Spanish, the name means both “destination” and “destiny”.
- •For years, Frankfurter rode the trains along with undocumented migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and other countries…
- •Many of the migrants were women and young children, fleeing gang violence and domestic abuse.
- •The migrants traveled north through Mexico, clinging to the tops of cargo trains.
- •"[T]his is an epic journey across a hostile landscape,” says Frankfurter.
- •Many people become sick and injured along the way. Small shelters have been built for them, but supplies are scarce.
- •Frankfurter says most of the migrants she met were open and friendly — they were surprised to see her traveling alone, but earning their trust was easy.
- •She also says that GOP presidential contender Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall across the Mexican border is impossible for her to understand.
- •“There’s part of me that’s just numbed and wearied by it; there’s nothing I could ever do or say or show to this particular demographic that is going to change their minds."
- •“So I have to find different ways of channeling my energy other than getting crazy by it.”