Sunday, February 10, 2013

Post square 021013 ~ Mother Superior's Dog

In Tecate, a small city located on the northwestern corner of Mexico, Reina Ines Bahena, the mother superior of Our Lady of Guadalupe, has a pit bull called Big Head.

Big Head watches over the mother superior as she tends to her cactus garden at the only migrant shelter in town. I guess it's possible that he also offers his large doggie cranium, for a scratch, to the men who stay at the shelter run by the nuns.

These men, who are allowed to stay at Casa Migrante for no longer than four consecutive nights, are preparing to make an arduous journey in an attempt to cross the border into the U.S.

Reina Ines Bahena tries to discourage her visitors from their plans by warning them of the serious hardships they will encounter. But these men, many of whom have made the journey numerous times, only to be caught and deported back to Mexico, have families and jobs they want to return to. They have young children who are excelling in the American schools and older ones in the armed forces.

And now the pressure is really on, because the proposals being discussed for the overhaul of the U.S. immigration bill, if carried out, could lead to even tighter border security.

The composition of this drawing was inspired by a tiny part of a photo, that was on the cover of today's Washington Post, of the wall between Mexico and the United States.

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