Rosnet Pierre, a migrant in Tijuana, Mexico from Haiti, lies with his wife Ruth on their family's mattress in one of the temporary housing units at the Templo Embajadores de Jesus church. Rosnet says his wife and daughter flew to Brazil and then travelled by land for three months from Brazil to Tijuana, where they've been stuck for 8 months. The family cannot earn enough to save and send money back to Haiti and still hold out hope of going to the United States. They plan to send their eldest daughter ahead, hoping that she doesn’t get deported at immigration.
Project by Lauren DeCicca @deciccaphoto.
Following the destruction of Hurricane Matthew, there has been an influx of migrants traveling to the United States from Haiti via the border separating San Diego and Tijuana. In 2016, then-President Barack Obama reinstated the deportation of undocumented Haitian migrants and put into effect other policies intended to dissuade migrants from coming to America. But the migrants still came, many of them hoping to stay by the border until the United States implemented more humane policies. The Temploros Embajadores de Jesus, in Tijuana, Mexico, is one of the few safe spaces where these people can wait. The church, which opened its doors in August 2016, is run by Pastor Gustavo Banda with his wife, Caida Guillen. They’ve seen thousands of migrants pass through their church, and they’re working with volunteers to help build more permanent homes for this displaced community.
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