POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Impact 2019–Immigration Status

First Place

Manu Brabo / Associated Press
“Wandering Migrants”

Second Place

Andre Liohn / Wall Street Journal

Third Place

Abraham Pineda-Jacome / Zuma Press

Award of Excellence

Jacob Garcia / Reuters

Award of Excellence

Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Award of Excellence: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Award of Excellence


A man drags his child through the water as he wades across the Rio Grande river in hopes of reaching the United States to ask for asylum. He was carrying a second child on his head when the boy wearing a child's "Frozen" backpack lost his footing. As President Trump clamps down on asylum seekers coming to the United States, the number of migrants arriving from the African continent and from Haiti continues to rise.