For the fourth time in two months, Edwin Silva waits in the lobby to finalize an I-589 application, withholding of removal, with his immigration lawyer's assistant at the main office in Dearborn. Photo by Andraya Croft

For the fourth time in two months, Edwin Silva waits in the lobby to finalize an I-589 application, withholding of removal, with his immigration lawyer's assistant at the main office in Dearborn. Photo by Andraya Croft

This project, "FENCES: Faces of Migration," is a culmination of a two-week documentary photojournalism workshop showcasing the work of photojournalism students at Central Michigan University. The workshop, which was completed on November 1, 2015, was led by world renowned photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier and Assisted by Photojournalism Professor Kent Miller.

This year’s workshop focuses attention on immigration in America. The debate around immigration has become embroiled in hostile political rhetoric (especially as part of the presidential race). This workshop sets out to go beyond superficial sound bites. We look closely at how immigration policy impacts individuals. The group project brings to light issues facing the newest Americans living across Michigan and personalizes their struggles in a country divided by politics and ideology by giving faces to the faceless. 

Student participants include, Andraya Croft, Claire Abendroth, Emily Mesner, Kaiti Chritz, Katy Kildee, Kaytie Boomer and Shannon Millard