Seeking Asylum on the Tijuana Border
January 9, 2019
by Susan Meiselas
In late November 2018 US Border Patrol agents fired tear gas on asylum seekers at The San Ysidro Port of Entry between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California, as they attempted to cross en masse. The delays caused by bureaucratic limits on asylum applications at the crossing, which is situated between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California, have forced the growing community of migrants in waiting to make difficult choices; aside from settling on the Mexican side of the border, they either must wait for their turn to be processed through the border officially or instead attempt an illegal – and dangerous – crossing on their own or with the help of smugglers.
One week after the confrontation between the migrants and Border Patrol, Susan Meiselas photographed in the makeshift camps at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex and the El Barretal concert hall as their inhabitants’ journeys remain in limbo.
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