While it's easy to see the positive and negative effects of immigration on the United States, people don't often stop and think about the point of view of the immigrant...what they might have left behind, what they may have gone through to get here, or what their lives might be like here. It's not often we stop to think that these people all have names and stories. In today's post I will not attempt to solve these complicated problems, but simply to share these beautiful images with you. I think the realization that we in this country live as the elite, and that the great majority live drastically different is a significant motivator to simplify. I urge you to take a look at these photographs, and imagine for a moment these people and their stories. Imagine yourself in their shoes, what would you do, what choices would you make, what would your life be like? Because after all, there is no "us" and "them," we are all people with families, joys, and heartaches. No matter what side of the border you find yourself on.