Across the Rio Grande River from Brownsville, Texas, a tent city has grown on the dust and sidewalks of Matamoros, Mexico as people wait for their asylum cases in the U.S. courts. It’s a process that can take months, and now will take even longer, as the Trump administration shut down the processing of asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the camps, life must go on, despite few resources. Photographer Michael Santiago shows us some of the infrastructure people have created in order to keep day-to-day life moving, even while waiting in place. This is part of an extended look at one Pittsburgher’s return to the camp, read and see more here. To learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting asylum seekers there, head here.
To read and see more, and to learn how Pittsburgh mobilized to help the people in the camp, head here.