While we were in Ajo I could not help but admire all of the art sprawled across many of the walls of the city. Most of them were beautiful, but there were a few that stood out even more to me because of the messages that they conveyed. The art above, in particular, stood out to me and made me think for a little while. The first sentence, which says “For over seventy years my grandma’s high cheekbones were illegal” stuck with me, as the imagery of this sentence is incredibly powerful. For me at least it made me think of my own great grandmother smiling, and then made me reflect on how I would feel if people were calling on her to be deported. This is a pain that I will never have to personally experience, but one that thousands of people go through on a daily basis. I cannot imagine something that would be much more painful than having the government rip your family away from you, as it seems like a life-altering trauma that would leave a deep scar. I do not know if this painting was referring more to Mexican immigration or the historical situation of the O’odham, but it applies in both ways. When talking about the political issue of walls or immigration we need to remember that we are talking about families, just like ours, and real people. For people at the border, this is not some abstract ideological debate; it is very real, and will directly impact the lives of thousands of people. I would not want my family treated in this way, and I think people arguing for the wall need to try to put themselves in the shoes of the people who are directly affected by this situation.