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Hi! This is @tamaramerino_photography from Chile and @lujanag from Argentina, recent #IWMFFellows at the US / Mexico border. This is our last post for the takeover and we hope you all enjoyed it. We highly encourage you to participate in the "Adelante Reporting Initiative Fellowship Program"... It was an amazing experience!!!
Thank you so much to all the IWMF team for your support, love and the amazing work you all do! ❤️
Love, Tamara & Lujan. .
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#theiwmf #iwmfteam #iwmffellow


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Hola!! This Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration and Lujan Agusti @lujanag Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeo about migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Thanks again to all the wonderful team that supported us.
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Two children sleep on the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge, waiting to be heard on their asylum requests. Migrants often wait days on the bridge to speak with a U.S. officer about their case.
Photo by Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography
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#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow #everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber stands at his desk in Eagle Pass, Texas. He voices concern about current Trump administration policies, including family separation and street stops for immigration status requests. He says, "I can see why people are running away from persecution. Maybe they are just looking for a better life." Photo by Luján Agusti @lujanag
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Hola!! This is Lujan Agusti @lujanag, Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity, and Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeo about migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Gracias again to all the wonderful team that supported us.

#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow#everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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Hola!! This Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration and Lujan Agusti @lujanagArgentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeoabout migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Thanks again to all the wonderful team that supported us.
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On one side of the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge, immigrants wait in line to request asylum. On the other, U.S. officers guard the border and call people across for appointments.
Photo by Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography
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#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow #everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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It took Sara Ramos a month to reach the U.S. border from her home in Guatemala. She left behind her four children, because she didn't want them to suffer through the journey and relocation, but she hopes to be reunited with them once she is settled in the U.S. Photo by Luján Agusti @lujanag
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Hola!! This is Lujan Agusti @lujanag, Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity, and Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeo about migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Gracias again to all the wonderful team that supported us.

#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow #everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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Hola!! This Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration and Lujan Agusti @lujanag Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeoabout migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Thanks again to all the wonderful team that supported us.
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Luis German Ruiz and his son, Luis Fernando Ruiz, sit on their bed at the Casa del Migrante Frontera Digna. They left Honduras to escape the violence that had already taken three family members and hope to find asylum in the U.S. Valdés Alvarado, the shelter's founder, worries about the pair being separated once they cross the border, saying, "It is heartbreaking. Imagine the trauma of a child who already believes that he will not see his parents again when he was with them the day before."
Photo by Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography
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#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow #everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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Portrait of Vanessa (fictitious name given for security reasons), undocumented immigrant. She found refuge and safety in a shelter that helps women victims of domestic violence in Laredo, Texas, after her ex boyfriend threatened to deport her. "They could deport me without my daughters, because they are citizens," she says.Photo by Luján Agusti @lujanag
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Hola!! This is Lujan Agusti @lujanag, Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity, and Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeo about migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Gracias again to all the wonderful team that supported us.

#theiwmf #usmexicoborder#iwmffellow#everydaylafrontera#everydaymexico


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Hola!! This Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration and Lujan Agusti @lujanag Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeo about migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Thanks again to all the wonderful team that supported us.
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A man sits on the edge of the Rio Grande, which migrants sometimes swim across to enter the U.S.
Photo by Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography
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#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow #everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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Portrait of Alfredo Hernández and his son of almost two years, Axel Alfredo. They left Honduras a few months ago and made the whole trip by land, escaping the violence in their country: "I want something better for my son". I met Alfredo and Axel at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. When we came back they were gone. As they had no way of contacting them I will never know if they could receive asylum. As them, there are thousands of families, on one side and the other, with fear, and trying to have a better life. Photo by Luján Agusti @lujanag
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Hola!! This is Lujan Agusti @lujanag, Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity, and Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeo about migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Gracias again to all the wonderful team that supported us.

#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow#everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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Hola!! This Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration and Lujan Agusti @lujanag Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeo about migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Thanks again to all the wonderful team that supported us.
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Estefany Sanchez sits with her husband, Yackney Delgado, and his cousin, Omar Garillo, on the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge waiting to seek asylum in the U.S. The trio were members of an anti-government movement in Venezuela that protested the country's lack of electricity, water, food, and medicine. Garillo explains the danger of their political actions: "Protesting is a lottery. You don't know if you will return alive."
Photo by Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography
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#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow#everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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Portrait of Manuel who holds an inner tube. He says he plans to use it to cross the Rio Grande. The river is a natural border between the U.S. and Mexico, and migrants sometimes swim across the flowing barrier in hopes of building a new life in the U.S. Photo by Luján Agusti @lujanag
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Hola!! This is Lujan Agusti @lujanag, Argentine visual storyteller working on stories related to the Latin American culture and identity, and Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile focus on social issues, gender, race and migration. We will be posting for the next week work from our assignment for @natgeo about migrants, asylum seekers, aid workers, and officers fighting for better lives and stronger communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, that we did thanks to the @theiwmf Adelante Fellowship. Gracias again to all the wonderful team that supported us.

#theiwmf #usmexicoborder #iwmffellow #everydaylafrontera #everydaymexico


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