Fear and uncertainty, the most prominent feelings that undocumented immigrants are filled with after Donald J. Trump was elected as president of the United States, making him the most powerful man on Earth. The unprecedented President’s bold promises regarding immigration and the border wall have left undocumented immigrants’ vulnerability exposed. To him and his supporters, this group of individuals is usually solely seen as having one face, without considering their individuality.
This two-part series includes images that were taken in the border regions of Tamaulipas, México, and the Rio Grande Valley. The first part of the series presents a group of individuals that could be potential undocumented immigrants at some point in their lives due to the limited amount of opportunities to make a better living or due to violence in their country. The second part of the series presents the undocumented population in South Texas where fear and uncertainty is a common denominator for this group of individuals, including the students that obtained a working permit through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
In this series, this group opts for adopting the most powerful persona in the world. Wearing the mask ensures that their identity is protected from what is coming these next four years and possible changes thereafter. The noun “undocumented immigrant” has been replaced by “trump” to further protect their identity.
Veronica G. Cardenas is a documentary photographer whose work is based in the Rio Grande Valley area and Oaxaca, México. She is also a Neta content creator. This photo essay also appears on Feature Shoot, Society, The Daily Mail UK, and Konbini.