Documenting The Undocumented

ICE Detains And Deports Undocumented Immigrants From Arizona

David Rosenberg features the work of John Moore, who photographs undocumented immigrants for Getty Images:

He said he explained the point of his project to immigrant communities and those in migrant shelters around the United States as wanting to put a human face on the issue; many decided to participate. He photographed a variety of people, including older men who were recently deported after living in the United Sates for many years, Cubans seeking asylum, and transgender people. He also tried to focus on families who had assimilated into American society. …

He also photographed immigrants with shackled feet as they boarded a deportation flight to Honduras. Creative Time Reports published these images in a story last month to highlight that the Obama administration has deported 2 million immigrants since 2008, more than any president in U.S. history. Moore also said that the U.S. government spends more on immigration enforcement than all other federal law enforcement combined.

(Photo: A Honduran immigration detainee, his feet shackled and shoes laceless as a security precaution, boards a deportation flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras on February 28, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. By John Moore/Getty Images)