Researcher • Photographer • Designer

In collaboration with Aislinn Pentecost-Farren

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The prevailing narrative about the US-Mexico border is far too simplistic—people have crossed in both directions for centuries, for many different reasons.

American Immigrants is a 7-month calendar that tells stories of US citizens who crossed into Mexico in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, illustrated with photographs of the border at the places they crossed. When possible, it includes descriptions of crossing in their own words.


The calendar was researched, photographed and produced by Corey Chao and Aislinn Pentecost-Farren who were inspired to look at history for lesser-known examples of US-Mexico border history. The project became a calendar after numerous conversations with Border Protection agents expressed curiosity about the stories, and is available free of charge to USCBP employees.