Trump’s “Big Beautiful Wall” vs DACA

Trump’s “Big Beautiful Wall” vs DACA

  I’ve spent over twenty years photographing immigration with particular attention paid to the border region. I’ve seen the wall from Texas to San Diego, from Tijuana to Agua Prieta and in between. So I thought I’d share some of those images with you here as a reminder that the “big, beautiful wall” that Trump…

New Americans: The Surge in Citizenship

New Americans: The Surge in Citizenship

  It’s widely reported and known that immigrant and minority communities are playing an increasingly important role in the election process and never more so than in recent years. With Trump in the White House and putting an end to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), immigrants feel they are under attack by the country…

May Day Immigration Rally

May Day Immigration Rally

A few years back a crowd estimated at 100,000 rallied on May Day in Los Angeles, calling for national immigration reform. Although the 2013 crowd was estimated at a third the size, it seemed more relevant since immigration reform is topping President Obama’s legislative initiatives as he takes on his second and final term. Below…

Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

  Desperation added to desire can be a combustible mix. It might result in success, but it often results in catastrophe. People driven to desperate measures simply don’t give up, and that is so evident in the decades long struggle to control illegal immigration from Mexico to California. There are those who have spent more…

Supreme Court Hears SB1070, The “Show Me Your Papers” State Law Targeting Undocumented Immigrants

(All Images © Todd Bigelow. Registered with the US Copyright Office. Please do not publish or share without written permission from Todd Bigelow and/or his licensing agents. Copyright compliance measures are used and enforced to prevent unauthorized use.) Two years after leading the nation into a new era of racial profiling, Arizona’s controversial law SB1070…

Supreme Court to Weigh In on SB1070

Supreme Court to Weigh In on SB1070

Though the Obama administration would surely have preferred that the US Supreme Court decline to rule on the legality of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, thus leaving the federal appeals court rule striking down the most significant portions of the law as the defining word, it’s likely best that the SCOTUS put the issue to rest…

Another “Show Me Your Papers” State

Another “Show Me Your Papers” State

  Another Arizona? South Carolina police will now employ their “reasonable suspicion” to determine if a person is in their state illegally. Unless a person is observed climbing a border fence or otherwise illegally entering the country, how the hell can anyone have a “reasonable suspicion” the person is in South Carolina (or Arizona, or…

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

I’m humbled that for the second time in my career a museum has included my images in a permanent gallery. The Oakland Museum of California, an innovative museum that houses the largest and most comprehensive collection from famed documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, is set to officially open their renovated California History gallery after over a…

Immigrant Scapegoating: Must be Election Season

Immigrant Scapegoating: Must be Election Season

You know it’s campaign season when immigration shoots to the top of the news. Every politician has their list of talking points and immigration is always amongst them. Unfortunately, as is the case with most politicians, spinning the facts to fit their perspective is more prevalent than simply speaking the truth. The last few days…

Rick Perry was Right in My View from the Left

Rick Perry was Right in My View from the Left

Lord have mercy on my soul, because I’m about to say something that I might really regret: Ahem, cough, cough, aahhhemmmm……Is this thing on? Okay, here we go…..Folks, I agree with Rick Perry! There, I said it. Felt like I was spittin’ up a Penn Station rat, but I got it out. Now, what on…