Writer, Educator and Photographer Mary Beth Meehan is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From the project ‘ Undocumented’. To see Mary Beth’s body of work, click on any image.
Between 11- and 20-million undocumented immigrants live in the United States today, sparking national fury – and violence – over questions of immigration policy, citizenship, and belonging. Many of these are people who are deeply embedded in our communities, who pay taxes and contribute to our economy, yet have been painted as criminals by politicians on the national stage. Because they cannot come forward to defend themselves, their true identities as people remain in the shadows.
These images were made inside the homes of undocumented residents in New England, with the goal of using the texture of their living spaces to make visible these human beings, and to provide a window into the very personal paths they have chosen.
Image titles refer to the country of origin of the people whose home is pictured, and the location of that home in the U.S., where the photograph was made. All images were made in 2010.