Lubbock artist depicts sacrifices of illegal immigration through

Lubbock artist depicts sacrifices of illegal immigration through his artwork

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Trump administration's zero tolerance immigration policy has inspired a Lubbock artist to portray their stories, specifically the photos and videos of agents separating children from their families and their subsequent reunification. Luis Estrada a former mechanical engineer said he foreshadowed the humanitarian crisis. 

"In 2004 I was visioning that eventually these caravans of people were going to come to the border," said Estrada. "In 2018 we see them you know all over the place."

Estrada said he was listening to a Spanish song on the radio, the lyrics of the song stood out to him. The father in the song never returns it is said he may have drowned, died of thirst, killed by a bounty hunter or bitten by a snake. The sacrifices migrants make to come to this country is what inspired his work. 

"This is pretty much what my painting is saying," said Estrada. "They are not coming for the American dream, they are coming because of the corruption of governments, because of delinquency that is going on, and they are just trying to survive that's the bottom line." 

Estrada has created a series of other paintings depicting the Latin American culture from indigenous woman and men, to charros, to farm life and  animals, some of his work is on display at the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan center at Yale University. 

 
 


 

 


 

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