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The Art Installation Of A Child Peering Over The US-Mexico Border Isn’t About DACA, It’s About Migration

09/12/17 Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

A French artist created this art installation of a boy looking over the border to the U.S. from Mexico because he is fascinated by walls.

Work in progress on the Mexican side of the US/MEXICO border

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It just so happened that his art installation went up the same week as the Trump administration’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

French artist JR recently installed the image of a one-year-old child peering over the U.S.-Mexico border into California from Tecate, Mexico. JR has made a name for himself in the art world by plastering his images on the walls all over the world but this one was different – JR created his own wall in the likeness of a young child. JR’s work had one mission: express the futility of stopping migration. He also wanted to make the U.S.-Mexico border wall seem ridiculous with the building of his own, child-shaped wall looming behind it, according to NPR.

“People will always migrate,” JR told The New York Times. “When we built walls, people built tunnels. When we closed places, they went by the water. The history of humanity is the story of people migrating. Of course, that has to be regulated.”

It just so happened that JR’s installation at the border wall coincided with the announcement by the Trump administration to rescind DACA, a program specifically for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. JR mentions to NPR that he was happy with the response he received on social media about this piece of art.

“Most of the people, if you read the comments, they were not talking politics or they didn’t mention the name of the president,” JR told NPR. “It was about people.”


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