Chino: The City in the Night

city lights at night

And what is this?

That’s another one of the city and the night, so you see the big lights that are putting their light on the whole area next to the wall and the lights of the town Nogales, downtown Nogales in Mexico. So you can see it all in that place, you can see the lights on the side of the U.S and the lights on the town. And always with the wall.

Chino: Have You Seen the Lights?

lights at night at border wall

All along the wall on the other side they have strong lights that illuminate everything. This picture is around midnight and they still have all those lights on, so it looks like daylight. That means we cannot cross at night because it is just as if it was during the day.

A todo lo largo del muro, al otro lado, tienen luces muy fuertes que iluminan todo. Esta foto es hacia media noche, y todavía tienen esas luces, así que parece que fuera de día. Eso quiere decir que no podemos cruzar de noche porque es como si fuera de día. 

Chino: Where I Sleep

mattresses on floor

This is in la Roca, the shelter where we’re sleeping. That is where put out our mattresses and our blankets. There we are. Last night there were only about 12 of us.

Esto es en La Roca, el albergue donde estamos durmiento. Allí es donde ponemos los colchones y las cobijas. Anoche eramos sólo como doce que dormimos allí.

Chavalo: Trust

border wall and light poles

What is most difficult is finding who to go with, who can be a trustable guide. Anybody can say, “Yes, I’ll take you.” But then they leave you stranded on the way or turn you in.

Lo que es más difícil es encontrar con quién ir, quién es un guía confiable. Cualquiera puede decir “Sí, yo te llevo”, pero después te dejan tirado en el camino o te entregan a la migra.

Chino: Touching the Wall

man touching border wall

This is where I reached the wall. This was the first time I touched it.

I left home with the vision of getting to the U.S. and when I got to the wall I just wanted to cross it over and jump over right away and stop thinking that I was on this side. There is a border patrol car right there at about a hundred meters and they’re watching the whole time. But I felt really good to be there, I even said I’m going to take a picture of myself here by the wall and the desert is in the background.

Chino: A High Spot I Go To

desert and mountains in distance

So what is this one? Are these apartments?

No, that is the same. It is here you can see the wall and you can see the desert over here and you can see the apartments and this is in a high spot where I go to when going to the shelter so from that high spot I took this picture. This is very close to the shelter

Chavalo: The Desert I Am Going to Cross

desert and mountains in distance

What do you fear of crossing over?

Oh, it’s really the thieves and the gangs. That’s what we’re afraid of. It’s not so much the cold or the heat, it’s the crooks, the thieves… because we can fight against nature, but to fight against the crooks and thieves is a lot more difficult. You can find water for the desert, but you can’t really do much when you have a band of crooks that comes on you with guns. 

¿Qué te da miedo de cruzar?