October 23, 2005
Hiding from the U.S. border patrol in an air-conditioning duct for nine and a half hours, Jorge Mendez couldn't even come down to urinate. As agents passed below, he had to keep from making the slightest noise.
In California, labor has long protected its immigrant members—and now, it’s defending non-members as well.
The trade treaty, now up for renegotiation, has displaced millions of Mexican workers, and many thousands of U.S. workers as well.
A French artist’s colossal installation on Mexico’s side of the border may make the invisible visible, but other subjects carry a sharper critical edge and pose deeper questions.
David Bacon is a California writer and photojournalist; his latest book is The Right to Stay Home (Beacon Press, 2014).