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"I am currently working on a project throughout Mexico and the US to document the terrors of deportation. Everyday members of our local communities- parents, students, and employees - are being detained and deported in violation of their civil liberties and rights.  This also includes many Dreamers. These people, immigrants full of hope and opportunity, are just like the rest of U.S citizens who seek to better their lives and the lives of their families. They entered the United States primarily because of pull factors. Many Americans employers put out a call for cheap workers and people with desperate need take the job. As a result, without a sound immigrant policy, many immigrants have been caught in a no-win and unjust situation. I plan to document sanctuaries for deported workers on the Mexican border that serve as a refuge to those who have been deported.  I also intend to photograph in the United States, and document with audio, the stories of the undocumented that have been deported and struggled to return to be with their families I want to show the face of deportation, what hope looks like and what the loss of hope looks like. I want to show different facets - those that have just arrived as well as those that have left. I want to show where they are taking those that have been deported. These are the faces of deportation under a failed immigration policy. The Trump administration’s proposed changes to the laws concerning immigration have brought to light issues concerning deportation. From his generalizations to his attacks on the Dreamer’s act and sanctuary cities, the President has targeted immigrants of color. I received the 2018 Art & Change Grant to fund this series. Thanks to the Leeway Foundation I have been able to bring this project to fruition. It is anticipated to be completed before the summer of 2019."  - Ada Trillo