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

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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 starting their families. Some of them don’t even speak Spanish. Within days, they find themselves taken from their children and loved ones and escorted across the border, unable to resume their deportation. France 24 brings you a special feature documentary about their plight.

The Mexican border city of Tijuana has become the place where deportees from the United States end up, and their American dream is in tatters. For many of these Mexicans, the only work available is – ironically – in relocated American call centers. They spend their days answering calls from American consumers, pretending to work from America, and their evenings looking at the lights from across the American border, where their families remain.

Rossio, Richard and Sergio are only three of the injured. We’ve followed them for about a year as they struggle to understand their situation and rebuild their lives.

This documentary directed by Leo Mattei and Alex Johari won the 2021 Albert Londer Prize, France’s most prestigious journalistic award.

The Mexican border city of Tijuana has become the place where deportees from the United States end up, and their American dream is in tatters. © Brotherfilms

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