French Artist JR Creates a 70-Foot Image of a Child Looking Over the U.S.-Mexico Border

by Flaunt Intern

Photo by JR  @jr

Photo by JR @jr

This week, Trump and the new presidential administration set the U.S. back by ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an immigration policy created by the Obama administration in 2012 through an executive order.

The 800,000 dreamers who were under this program were allowed extended time in the U.S. and were offered eligibility for a work permit. Keep in mind that these dreamers came as children, cannot have a criminal record to apply for DACA, cannot collect welfare benefits, and pay income taxes. Still, Trump has been vocal about all undocumented people, and threatening about building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border to further divide Mexico from the U.S. and to prevent people from Mexico from crossing over. 

On Wednesday (September 6), French artist JR responded by creating a 70-foot piece of artwork of a curious 1 year-old child peeking over the U.S. and Mexico border at Tecate, California. The piece will be looking over the border for a month.

“People will always migrate,” JR told the New York Times. “When we built walls, people built tunnels. When we closed places, they went by the water. The history of humanity is the story of people migrating. Of course, that has to be regulated.”

"As an artist, I try to bring back perspective. For this little kid, there are no walls and borders,” he said.

Written by Kelly An