The Arizona section of the United States—Mexico border is characterized by the Sonoran Desert: its beauty but also its searing heat. Thousands of immigrants driven from their homes by decades of economic disasters, horrific violence, climate change and political instability have traveled north along the Devil's Highway into the United States. Many die from thirst.
It's not just people dying; the desert itself is dying. Endangered migratory and endemic animals are expiring in dramatic numbers. Even plants and the top soil are being damaged and destroyed. Water from an already strained desert aquifer is being pumped up to support an ever-expanding border surveillance and deterrence program.
These photos were commissioned by The Intercept and some of them accompanied Mining the Future: Climate Change, Migrations, and Militarization in Arizona by Ryan Devereaux.