Phoenix Transect Project

PROJECT: Last View


The border between the United States and Mexico is a point of contention across media outlets, politicians, and American citizens. In general, border issues are spoken of as being black and white. From this perspective, there is only right and wrong no matter the circumstances and no one should cross the border into the U.S. for any reason whatsoever. Of course, for many, these issues are being discussed without any serious consideration of the individual humans involved or the various catalysts that drove them to risk the dangerous trek across the border. The media uses fear to drive ratings and politicians depict migrants in the most frightening way possible in order to sway votes their way. The media often leaves out the stories of these individuals, many of whom are escaping horrible violence. Men, women, and children alike make an ill-fated and unprepared trip into the desert to cross into the United States. The desert is an unforgiving environment—the land itself is very difficult to maneuver with dangerous climbs through canyons laced with painful cactus and venomous rattlesnakes. Temperatures can exceed 120 degrees fahrenheit in the summer and drop below freezing in the winter. Chances of finding water are few and far between. Many people who plan to cross the border hire guides or “coyotes” that are supposed to safely usher them into the US. However, every year many people get separated from their guide. Once separated it is extremely difficult for a person who is not familiar with the terrain and trails to find their way to water let alone to their original destination. As a result these people ultimately succumb to the unforgiving environment. Since 1999 over 2,500 people have died while crossing the border into the United States. Humanitarian aid groups have tried to ameliorate these deaths by hiking into this harsh terrain and dropping off innumerable jugs of water to attempt to save lives. It; however, is never enough, people continue to die, and with new deaths being reported every month, there is little chance of this problem going away any time soon.

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Migrant Shirt
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Date: 10/2015
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Human Rights, Landscape, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
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Date: 2/2016
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Landscape, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Gracias
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Date: unknown
Keywords: Border, Desert, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Caution
Description:
Date: 10/2015
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Landscape, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Black Water Bottle along Pipe Line Road
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Date: 2/2016
Keywords: Border, Desert, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Agua Pura - Samaritan Water Drop
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Date: 10/2015
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Desert, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Vandalized Food Drop
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Date: 2/2015
Keywords: Border, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Slashed Black Water Bottles
Description: Black water bottles are sold on the Mexican side of the border. They are carried at night as not to reflect any moon light.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Artifact, Border, Desert, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Emergency Water Beacon
Description:
Date: 11/2015
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Landscape, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Border Patrol
Description:
Date: 2/2016
Keywords: Border, Desert, Landscape, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Emergency Beacon seen from Copper Mountains
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Date: unknown
Keywords: Border, Desert, Human Rights, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Samaritan Water Drop Near Hat Mountain
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Date: unknown
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Human Rights, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Stopped by the Border Patrol
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Date: unknown
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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Migrant Shoe - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Description:
Date: 10/2015
Keywords: Artifact, Border, Desert, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Migrant Mortality Map
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Date: unknown
Keywords: Border, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Migrant's Last View - 1.3 Miles South from Route 8
Description: Location where a migrant passed away in 2015
Date: 4/2016
Keywords: Border, Desert, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Medical Examiners Glove
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Date: 3/2016
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Human Rights, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title:
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Date: 3/2016
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Human Rights, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title:
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Date: 3/2016
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Saguaro as Grave Marker
Description:
Date: unknown
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Human Rights, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Taylor James
Title: Migrant's Last View
Description: An unknown migrant passed away here and his remains were discovered in 2014. This would have been his last view.
Date: 3/2016
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Human Rights, Landscape, Panorama, immigration, All Images

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