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These Murals Tell the Stories of Families Separated by Deportation

A group of Philadelphia muralists interviewed five families separated by deportation. Five large-scale street arts have been popping up throughout the city that give family members and friends affected by deportation a voice. These touching personal narratives were collected and painted by artist Michelle Angela Ortiz.

The thoughtful pieces come as a result of hours of interviews of families separated from loved ones who were brave enough to share their stories. Many of the subjects spoke about the very day their family members were deported and how the rest of their lives subsequently changed because of it. Rather than looking at statistics, Ortiz treated the undocumented in a far more humanized manner.

Some of the works include murals and specific quotes from families and the one that reads: "We are human beings risking our lives, for our families, and our future" is especially heartbreaking.