Author Archives: Lupe Flores

Lupe Alberto Flores is a PhD student in the department of anthropology at Rice University. Their work examines the intersections of humanitarian and migration governance, surveillance technologies, transnational (im)mobility, gender, and race in Mexico.
Photo of a logbook with the locations written down from where the migrants are coming from

Surveillant Materialities of Migrant (Im)mobility: Reconceptualizing Border Technologies

After lunch on the day I arrived at Casa Begoña Migrant Shelter in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México, Doña Paquita, a shelter director, came to fetch me from the comedor, or the dining space, outside the back of the shelter.[1]  “I want clear information so I know what to tell El Padre [the priest] in case he asks about why you are here.” She stopped walking once we were in the waiting room in front of the kitchen and quickly pointed to the video camera at the left corner. “El Padre sees everything. The camera is always on, it’s recording and transmits to his office.” (read more...)