Suspicion surrounding undocumented immigrants living in the United States appears to be at an all-time high, but a series of photographs shows that in many cases, there is little – if anything – to fear. Mary Beth Meehan photographed the homes of undocumented immigrants for “Undocumented” in 2010 and 2011. The collection was recently thrust back into the national spotlight as immigration has become a hot-button issue in the 2016 Presidential Election.
All of Meehan’s photographs were taken in New England. In some images homes are decorated sparsely, yet in others the living space is an elaborate tribute to an undocumented immigrant’s home country. By and large, however, the photographs depict rooms that could just as easily be those of an American citizen, with posters of pop stars taped to walls and lava lamps on bedside tables.
Meehan recounts the efforts by the subjects of her photographs to arrive safely within the United States, as well as their struggle to remain connected to – and financially supportive of – the friends and family they left behind. According to the Pew Research Center, the United States currently has approximately 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants, more than half of whom are Mexican. Pew additionally maintains that undocumented immigrants living within the United States were responsible for almost a quarter of the $436 billion in global remittances sent in 2014.
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