President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Package

President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Package

By now there isn’t much new to say about immigration reform. President Obama made his plan for comprehensive reform known today and, to no one’s surprise, Republicans for the most part slammed it. Claiming the reform package which, incidentally, is co sponsored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, is nothing more than an attempt to legalize…

Senator McCain and his Pandering on Immigration Reform

Senator McCain and his Pandering on Immigration Reform

Nothing drives me crazier than hypocrisy. Nothing makes me want to run into traffic more than a politician who blatantly flip flops on issues and then blames the “interpretation” or “the media” for “misinterpreting” remarks. Folks, when a politician introduces and/or supports legislation, the bill works it’s way through congress. It’s pretty hard to “misinterpret”…

My Time with US/Mexico Border Rancher Robert Maupin

My Time with US/Mexico Border Rancher Robert Maupin

(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 Please do not publish or share without written permission from Todd Bigelow and/or his licensing agents.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.) The Los Angeles Times profiled a US/Mexico border rancher today on the top of the front page….

1200 Troops to US/Mexico Border

1200 Troops to US/Mexico Border

President Obama put immigration back on the front burner by announcing today that he’s sending 1200 National Guard troops to the US/Mexico border in an effort to stem drug and migrant smuggling. Coming weeks after Arizona forced the administration’s hand by implementing a racially charged law requiring all immigrants to carry papers proving they’re in…

Fear and Loathing

Fear and Loathing

I have had a couple of assignments in the past week that revolve around hate. Combined with the attempted car bombing in NY and the unabashedly strict new immigration law in Arizona, it makes me wonder how so much animosity can be so pervasive. Where does it all come from? Is it human nature to…

Controversial Immigration Law AND Concealed Weapons?

Controversial Immigration Law AND Concealed Weapons?

A local poll shows the majority of Arizonan’s approve of Governor Jan Brewer’s support of the state’s backward thinking immigration law. As stated in the Arizona Star, Gov. Brewer’s approval rating is growing and it’s likely influenced in part by her support for two key bills that she recently signed into law. Two key bills?…

Controversial Immigration Bill Signed into Law

Controversial Immigration Bill Signed into Law

Immigration bill allowing police to question if immigrants are in the country legally was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today. Placing the responsibility on police will lead only to racial profiling and push Arizona further towards a police state. The thought that people have to carry documents with them to prove they…

Vigilantes on the US/Mexico Border

Vigilantes on the US/Mexico Border

(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.) Story on NPR’s site today tells the tale of the increasing violence along the US/Mexico border as…

A Mobile App for Migrants

A Mobile App for Migrants

I’ve spent a lot of time along the US/Mexico border, photographing in towns dotting the 2000 mile boundary from Eagle Pass, Texas to Imperial Beach, CA and places in between. Places where the desert meets the mountains, where sand and scrub brush can bake a body in hours during the summer or freeze it in…

What Exactly Do You Do?

What Exactly Do You Do?

I always get a laugh from the quizzical look on peoples faces when I tell them I’m a “photojournalist.” Sometimes it’s like announcing you are a neonatal geophysicist. The long, drawn out “Ohhhhh” is the first clue they have no clue. Once the standard, “I take photos for various magazines and publications” is explained, I’m…