Jul 6, 2017

Months after deportation, they do what the Mexican government will not

Faced with the decision of the Trump's administration to deport millions of undocumented migrants, is the Mexican government prepared to receive the compatriots? Under what conditions do they return to Mexico after years or decades of living in the United States? What mechanisms would the Mexican authorities have to put in place to support the deported population?
To complement this article, you can watch the following interview from Hecho en America with Ana Laura López, a deported migrant, spokeswoman for the "Deportados Unidos en la Lucha"; and Marco Antonio Castillo, director of the Institute of Research for Social and Cultural Practice.

The sliding doors opened, and suddenly Roger Perez was back in Mexico.

Spanish boomed over the airport loudspeaker, and men swaggered past in dusty boots and cowboy hats.

Thanks to U.S. immigration authorities, Perez, 21, had been trapped on a plane for hours with his wrists and ankles shackled. Now, he was a free man. But as a deportee to a country he hadn’t seen since he left as a young child, the freedom felt scary, not sweet.

Trembling, Perez shook the hand of a Mexican government official, who explained how he could apply for unemployment benefits. Then he took a business card offered by Diego Maria. “We’re here to help you,” it read. “Together we’re stronger.”

“Hey, man,” Maria told him in English. “I was deported too.”

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