Photo Story: Confiscated From Immigrants at the U.S. Border

Feature Shoot highlights the things that the U.S. Border and Customs Patrol confiscates from immigrants crossing over between Mexico and the United States. Photographer Thomas Kiefer and former janitor collected soap, t-shirts, rosaries, and more and then captured them. The mundane tells a story.  Thanks to my friend Janet Fish for sharing. This had a powerful impact for me and I want to share it with you. We can’t figure out the purpose in confiscating bars of soap and t-shirts.


I’m in Mexico City on a hump day before I take a group of 10 wonderful women on a textile study tour to Tenancingo de Degollado to explore the Mexican jaspe or ikat rebozo. We are also going on to Taxco to visit the Spratling ranch and then to Metepec to meet master clay artisans. Stay tuned!

5 responses to “Photo Story: Confiscated From Immigrants at the U.S. Border

  1. Guess What – my sisters and I are leaving Tuesday for San Cristobal de Las Casas and taking every single article you have written about the wonderful city. I even have Patrick lined up after you mentioned him one of your articles. Muchas Gracias Norma!!!!!

  2. Wow. Images of objects, some precious and some mundane. A la Louise Nevelson.

  3. The Border Patron is just like Donald Trump, BULLIES!

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