Tijuana Artist Highlights Trump's Family Separation Policy Through San Diego Murals
A Tijuana artist is painting murals to raise awareness about the Trump administration’s family separations in San Diego.
Hugo Crosthwaite is painting Mexican families on the beige walls of the Arts District Liberty Station. In one painting, a mother clutches her son. In another, a family behind bars, separated.
In June, a San Diego federal judge ordered a stop to the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, but there are still hundreds who have not been reunified. That includes more than 400 parents who were removed from the U.S. without their children.
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The murals, Crosthwaite said, are meant to raise awareness about their ongoing plight.
“The whole idea is creating empathy and sympathy for these people because here in a public space, you get to see these Mexican families going through a really hard time,” Crosthwaite said.
The muralist will be painting through August 17th at Barracks 14 and he said he is welcome to receiving input from passersby to help influence his art.
Crosthwaite was one of six artists selected for temporary exhibits at the Art District Liberty Station by the NTC Foundation.