Ex conserje de la frontera entre EEUU y México documenta las pertenencias que los migrantes dejan atrás

Miles de historias de sufrimientos, esfuerzos y esperanza se cruzan en las fotos de Thomas Kiefer, quien durante años coleccionó las pertenencias que los inmigrantes mexicanos estaban obligados a dejar atrás en el paso fronterizo de Ajo. La serie se llama "El sueño Americano"


After being apprehended, a detainee's belongings are either placed in a property bag or remain in the backpack they traveled with. Sometimes essential items such as wallets and personal  identification is discarded.

Water is the main source of hydration when crossing the desert. In the Tucson sector of the U.S./Mexico border, heavy-duty non-biodegradable black plastic bottles are commonly used as canteens and are occasionally covered or insulated with remnants of clothing or blanket.

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Soap is considered non-essential personal property this is disposed of during intake.

All detainees are stripped of their belts which are generally discarded. As they move through the court system and eventually deported, they wear pants with no belt and shoes with no shoelaces.



Toothbrushes are considered potentially lethal, non-essential personal property and are disposed of during intake.