A hot, dusty Rio Grande Valley day gives way to twilight as people sit in their yards, shaded by wilted mesquite trees. Smoke from outdoor grills hangs in the air, children choose sides for street games and laughing toddlers dance under the spray of a garden hose. A couple of young women retrieve the day's wash from a makeshift clothesline while several elderly men sit on plastic lawn chairs, bend over their guitars and fill the... More >>>
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Community leaders are hopeful that the children of Cameron Park will forge a better life. Kids are educated in nearby Brownsville schools. They're increasingly bilingual and are finding better-paying jobs than their parents did. Here, Elvira Martinez dyes her cousin Martin Martinez's hair while Salena Martinez, 7, mugs for the camera.