Discarded Items at U.S. / Mexico Border are Not What They Seem

You don’t usually find rosaries, bibles, wallets and pictures of loved ones discarded in the trash. But that’s exactly what Tom Keifer found while he worked as a janitor in the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Ajo, Arizona. Why did all these items end up here? It’s the place where people who tried to enter the United States illegally started the stages of processing. “I am certain much of this was not meant to be discarded,” Keifer told CNN.

As part of his new Sueño Americano Project, Keifer presents these objects as collections in pictures to represent the more heartbreaking side of searching for safety and freedom. “These are pictures of how people and their personal belongings are treated,” he says. “If someone wants to judge the ethics and morality of all this, it is up to them to decide what is right and what is wrong.”

See just what is being left behind here.

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