Hundreds of crosses, each bearing the name of a Mexicans or Central Americans who died trying to cross this border into the United States, have been mounted on the Tijuana, Mexico side of the border fence referred to, south of the border, as "El Muro de Verguenza", the "Wall of Shame".  2008
 Young Mexican schoolgirl runs along the beach toward the Pacific Ocean beside the border fence in 2006, Tijuana, Mexico.  The fence is erect by the US Government hoping to stem the tide of Mexicans crossing the border illegally into the United States. 
 Two fences separate Tijuana's Colonia Libertad from the United States in 2008.  South of the border, the US border fences are known as the "Wall of Shame" (El Muro de Verguenza).  Tijuana, Baja California, USA
 Closing a gap:  American workers erect a border fence to further separate Mexicali, Mexico for Calexico on the US side, Baja California, Mexico.  The US border fence is known as the "Wall of Shame" (El Muro de Verguenza) south of the border.  2008
 Young Mexican men, who have been arrested by the US Border Patrol are bused and then corraled into this enclosure where they are processed by Mexican gov't officials and released back into Tijuana,  Mexico in 2006.  The entrance to the left was the entrance into Mexico where Americans or citizens of any nationality were allowed to pass without identification into Mexico as long as they stay within a prescribed zone along the border.
 Sign within the first kilometer from the border on the US side, warns motoristists on Interstate 5 to be mindful of people running across the highway, San Ysidro, California, USA in 2006.  Unlike in Mexico, pedestrians are not permitted to walk along the shoulders of US highways. 
 On Mexico's northern border, a new US border fence creates a barrier extending way out into the Sonora Desert, East of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. 2008 The US border fence is known as the "Wall of Shame" (El Muro de Verguenza) south of the border.   
 Artefact of Mexican Migration: A handmade cross made by migrant Mexican discarded in 2006 beside Interstate 8 in the California Desert where migrants rendezvous with "coyotes" (traffickers who migrants pay to arrange passage across the US border) who provide transport for them in trucks to American cities to the north.  They can find work there.
 Massive flood lights illuminate the Tijuana River from the US side of the border to eliminate the cover of darkness for the mostly Mexicans and Central Americans who attempt to cross into the United States, San Ysidro, California, USA.  2006
 Young Mexican man points along the line demarkating Mexican territory from US territory in the Tijuana River bed in 2006.  Mexicans refer to the border simply as "La Linea" or The Line" in English  It is one of the few flat parts of the border, aside from the most remote tracts of desert, in California that is not fenced off.  He and others hope to cross at night.  The wall behind him prevents him from entering the US though he is a few meters from it.
 US Border Patrol agent rides an all terrain vehicle beside the border where he uses it to patrol on rough terrain along the border in San Ysidro, California, USA.  2006
 Before Interstate 8 was built several decades ago, Jacumba was the last stop at the beginning of the 700 mile Sonora Desert from California to Texas.  2006  Motorists would stock up on food, drinking water and water for their engines' radiators in case they overheated on the long desert hightway ahead.   After the interstate highway bypassed the town, Jacumba, like so many desert towns like it, went into a deep sleep.  That is, until Mexican migrants began to favor it as a clandestine passage point into America.  
 Water is life, especially for undocumented Mexican migrants who enter this desert mountain canyon.  The Border Angels, an NGO that set out water year round and blankets in winter, at relief stations like this one, marked by a blue flag beside Interstate 8, Imperial County, California, USA.  2008
 Ricardo Ram of "Angels of the Desert" (Angeles del Desierto) searches under an Interstate 8 bridge where undocumented Mexican migrants hide and wait for "coyotes" (those who migrants pay to arrange passage across the US border) to pick them up in the night and on to cities like San Diego, Los Angeles and onward, between Jacumba and the low desert, California, USA.  2006  Angels of the Desert bring water to migrants and blankets in winter.  Temperatures can fall below freezing on winter nights and above 45 degrees C (110+ degrees F) in the low desert.  
 Border marker from the Mexican side at Playa de Tijuana with graffitti, Mexico.  2006 In 2006, there was also free access to the monument on the American side of the border but a second fence has been built and access is only possible for a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
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