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Documenting the US-Mexico Border with Charles Ommanney

To see more photos from Charles’s work in Mexico and across the world, follow @charlesommanney on Instagram.

A desire to better understand the immigration debate brought photographer Charles Ommanney (@charlesommanney) to the United States’ border with Mexico.

"I flew from my home in Miami to Houston, Texas, where I bought an old Land Rover," says Charles, who then spent the next three weeks traveling 3,000 miles along the border. His journey, and the stories he heard along the way, left a powerful impression. "Many of the people found by the Border Patrol in southern Texas are arriving after traveling for weeks across difficult terrain, having given everything they have to the ‘coyotes’ that promised them a better life in the U.S. I found the spectacle of people realizing that the journey was over for them very depressing."

Through his photos and through The Fence, a forthcoming three-part documentary for MSNBC (@msnbcphoto), Charles hopes people “will see the facts and be able to make up their own minds about the complexities of this subject.”


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On the Trail: #DNC2012 Convention

Following last week’s nomination of Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) as the Republican’s choice for the White House, Democrats gather in Charlotte, North Carolina this week to officially nominate Barack Obama (@BarackObama) as their candidate for President. Follow @DemConvention for official event photos, and browse the #DNC2012 hashtag for photos from convention-goers.

Following President Obama’s acceptance of the nomination, he and Vice President Joe Biden will return to the campaign trail. For photos from the trail, follow Amy Gardner (@amyegardner1) of The Washington Post, Rodney Hawkins (@RodneyHawkins) of CBS/National Journal and Phil Elliott (@philelliott) of the Associated Press. See last week’s post for a list of reporters on the Republican campaign trail.