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The Magnificent Migrants

In Academic, Foreign Policy, Immigration, Jobs, Latin America, Mexico, NLLSA, Politics, superheroes on June 1, 2010 by nllsachair

Superman: NOE REYES from the State of Puebla works as a delivery boy in Brooklyn New York. He sends home $500 a week.

Dulce Pinzón just published a great photo essay on ForeignPolicy.com where he pictures migrants from Mexico in superhero costumes.  Here’s his explanation:

I saw a Spiderman costume in a store in November 2001, and that’s when everything came together in my head. Comic-book superheroes have an alter ego, and so do immigrants in the United States. They may be insignificant or even invisible to much of society, but they are heroes in their homelands.

And here are some samples.  You can find the entire essay here.  Trust me, it’s definitely worth it. More images after the jump.

Catwoman: MINERVA VALENCIA from Puebla works as a nanny in New York. She sends home $400 a week.

Spiderman: BERNABE MENDEZ from the State of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York. He sends home $500 a month.

Human Torch: OSCAR GONZALEZ from the State of Oaxaca works as a cook in New York. He sends home $350 a week.

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