Beginning around sunset, Houston-based photographer Go Nakamura chronicles the final stretch for migrants crossing into the United States after a grueling, weeks-long journey. Groups of people, mostly hailing from Honduras and El Salvador, and including small children, arrive from across the river in inflatable rafts to an uncertain fate: entry or denial. “Sometimes I get a little emotional when I think of their lives,” Nakamura says of people forced to “abandon their own country.” It’s different, he says, from his family moving to the U.S. from Japan when he was a teenager. “We can go back to our country anytime we want,” he says, adding that “they have to give up everything to come to the United States.” Nakamura’s photos—taken near Roma, Texas, from April 12 through 15—capture the human struggle playing out at the U.S.–Mexico border that can get overshadowed by the politics and outrage surrounding it.
Disembarking from an inflatable raft after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in Roma, Texas, U.S. April 13, 2021.