PhotoSummer: Artist's Statement

Erin Siegal McIntyre

Behind the Scenes of a Manufactured Crisis: The Caravan

Last autumn in Tijuana, a caravan of Central American migrants arrived at the border, prompting certain American politicians to declare a crisis and authorize the use of cross-border tear-gassing-- despite the fact that overall illegal immigration to the U.S. has steadily declined since 2007. These glimpses of the quiet moments within the manufactured crisis show an outpouring of generosity from society and the private business sector in Tijuana, a city of blended cultures and residents of various origins, whose people stepped up to help when the Mexican government failed by offering free haircuts, food, mats, tents, and much more. These images were taken from assignments for various outlets in November and December of 2018.