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On the line, the expelled from America


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Each year, approximately 100,000 Mexican immigrants living in the United States are deported to Mexico. Most of them lived for decades in the territory of the great neighbor to the north, worked there, paid taxes and started a family there. Some don’t even speak Spanish. Overnight, they are cut off from their daily life, with no recourse possible.

It is in Tijuana that these deportees meet. The border town has become an airlock between two worlds where shattered lives fail. For many, the only possible job, ironically, is the call centers of companies based in the United States, installed on the Mexican side.

Rocio, Richard and Sergio are trying their best to (re) construct their lives and to find meaning in the situation in which the US migration policy has put them.

Produced by Léo Mattei and Alex Gohari, this document won the 2021 Grand Prix of the International Festival of Major News Report (FIGRA) and the 2021 Albert Londres Prize.

Tijuana, a border town between Mexico and the United States, has become an airlock between two worlds where migrants with broken lives are stranded © Brotherfilms

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