Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

On Sunday, a day after anti-Trump protesters swarmed the streets of downtown, the Inside Out Project set up its photo booth truck on Flagler Shore for an art exhibit on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

If you walk down Flagler Drive, you’ll see dozens of black-and-white pictures on the road. They’re the portraits of “dreamers” and their supporters.

The project, led by French artist JR and Emerson Collective, began after President Trump repealed the DACA program in September. By October, the photo booth truck was on the road to visit over 30 cities across the nation.

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Apart from showing the faces of the hundreds of people affected by the immigration reform, the Inside Out Project aims to raise awareness on the financial impact it can have on communities, said Emerson Collective spokesperson Lizzie Lewis.

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The portraits of nearly 200 people were pasted on the road on Flagler Drive. Their faces are part of an nation-wide art exhibit in support of immigration. Among them are various city officials including city urban designer and Colombian immigrant Ana Maria Aponte, coordinator of the city's Art in Public Places program Sybille Welter, commissioner Paula Ryan and Mayor Jeri Muoio.

“I support dreamers and everything they add to our culture and economy,” the mayor said.

According to Lewis, there are 6,700 DACA eligible students in the county and 2,200 recipients.

“There could be a $105 million loss to the West Palm Beach economy if the DACA workforce is gone,” she said.

Michelle Díaz, 24, is a Colombian DACA student attending Palm Beach State College. She’s lived in the United States since she was 8, and she protested for a clean immigration reform the night before.

“They need to see and hear our voices,” she said. “And see us there so they can realize we are real humans and real people here to speak up.”

You can check out where the photo booth will be next here.

Carla Trivino is a Mundo Hispánico reporter working out of The Palm Beach Post. For the latest news from Mundo Hispánico click here and to see what’s going on in the county follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

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