El Paso, Texas
May 19, 2008
The downtown El Paso on a Monday morning. Mexicans gather in hopes of landing a labor job for the day on a street corner. Trucks and SUVs cruise the streets and pick up what labor they need for the day.
Most of El Paso's downtown shops are $1 dollar shops catering to Mexicans with trinkets and junk. Items such as blue-jeans cost 3X less on the US side. Most El Paso residents live outside the city center.
An irrigation canal that runs water southeast to Texas farms is all that remains of the Rio Bravo,/Rio Grande. The dried out riverbed marks the US/ Mexican border. There is virtually no border marker as the canal and its fences are the only barrier to slow down illegal immigrants.