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Thank you, Virgin of Guadalupe, for giving them the opportunity to cross the wall and to make their dreams of the family reunion and surviving together in California come true. It’s “chilango” who asked you to protect them.

Mexico City
December 2009


Notes:
The Border Fence

Sign: “God lives without borders.”

Chilango is a Mexican slang demonym for residents of Mexico City.

Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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My Mother of Guadalupe, thank you for helping my husband Antonio and my sons Joaquin and Pedro to fulfill the american dream. The immigration police didn’t catch them, and they got in the United States to earn some money for living here, in Mexico. From the bottom of my heart, with tears in my eyes, I ask you to look after them.

Dionicia Lopez
October 11, 1998

I dedicate this retablo to you, Virgin of Guadalupe, for the love of my mother, who used to lull me in her rebozo-shawl until I fell asleep. She sang me lullabies while working as a laundress, washing clothes. She loved this rebozo so much that she wore it till her death. When I see a rebozo, it calls up these sweet memories about my mother, doña Carmelita, whom I never forget.

Alfredo Vilchis Roque
April 10, 2013