Online: Mexicans deported from the United States to a homeland they barely know


Each year, more than 100,000 Mexicans living in the United States are deported to Mexico. Many of them grew up and spent decades in the United States, working, paying taxes and raising families. Some of them don’t even speak Spanish. Within days, they find themselves separated from their children and relatives and escorted across the border, unable to appeal their deportation. AXADLETM offers you a special feature film on their plight.

The Mexican border town of Tijuana has become the place where those expelled from the United States end up, their American dream in tatters. For many of these Mexicans, the only work available is – ironically – in offshore US call centers. They spend their days answering calls from American consumers, pretending to work from America, and their evenings watching the lights across the US border, where their families live.

Rocio, Richard and Sergio are just three of those affected. We followed them for nearly a year as they struggled to make sense of their situation and rebuild their lives.

This documentary by Léo Mattei and Alex Gohari won the 2021 Albert Londres Prize, France’s most prestigious journalism award.


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