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Deported Immigrants Regroup After Failed Attempt To Re-Enter U.S.


Deported After Seeking Asylum Or Humanitarian Parole

Some of the former U.S. residents and deportees who sought to re-enter the U.S. by asking for political asylum or humanitarian parole are staying in Tijuana after their requests were denied.


Aired 4/29/14

A house in Tijuana just across the U.S.-Mexico border has become a refuge for immigrants deported from the United States after seeking asylum or humanitarian parole at a mass border action in March.

A house in Tijuana just across the U.S.-Mexico border has become a refuge for immigrants deported from the United States after seeking asylum or humanitarian parole at a mass border action in March.

Selene Cortez, 24, sullenly checked her Facebook page several days after landing at the house. It was her second time being deported from the U.S. The first happened in 2008 after immigration agents boarded a bus she was riding and found she was in the country illegally.

Then on March 10 she and about 35 other former U.S. residents — most of them brought to the U.S. as children by their parents — walked up to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and asked for political asylum. Two other groups followed in subsequent days.

An asylum officer denied Cortez’s request and she was deported for the second time last week. Now, she and other deportees from the March action are regrouping in Tijuana to figure out their next move.

“I want to try any other possible ways, like legal ways, to get back home,” Cortez said. “I don’t want to be here.”

Cortez’s family lives in Texas. She said she feared the drug violence in the city where she had been studying in Veracruz, Mexico.

Of the 90 adult immigrants who participated in the March protest, 32 have been paroled into the U.S., 34 are still in detention and 24 have been deported, according to David Bennion, a Philadelphia-based immigration lawyer who is advising the group.

The Obama administration currently is reviewing its deportation policies, reportedly with an eye toward keeping families together. At the same time, however, immigration authorities recently raised the bar on applying for asylum.

It’s unclear whether any policy change would apply to immigrants who have already been deported.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | April 29, 2014 at 6:55 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

how about stay in Mexico and take back your country from the corrupt politicos and narcos.

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heartbroken | May 1, 2014 at 8:54 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

How about they have probably done more in the United States for our country then we have I know for a fact Selene Cortez was going to school while over here and could have been a great help to the US they are human and think of the US as there home as they say it is home in the video imagine living somewhere since you were a young child with ur family and then one day ur up and sent to a place you only have faint memories of!

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Fum | May 2, 2014 at 2:52 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

These people keep repeating the same thing over and over, that "the system is broken"... The system is not broken, it is in place to make sure that the people who are granted permanent residency are up to certain standards. What people who cut in line are doing, regardless of how young they were when they were brought by their parents or anyone else, is making a mockery of the thousands of people who are standing in line, jumping through hoops and spending tons of money, in order to do things right. There is no logic in granting birth citizenship to the children of illegal aliens, because then there will always be a motivation for people who claim to be "running away from violence" in Mexico (people who immigrate illegally are dirt poor; drug cartels do not kidnap poor people, they go after people with money, comprende why the "reason" you are using to stay in the US makes no sense?) to come, pop a baby and then have the excuse to stay because "our family is going to become separated". These people come to the US thinking that, unlike Meixico, "things are free" (free school, free healthcare, welfare thanks to the "US citizen" anchor babies, etc.) in the US. They have no concept of the way laws have to work in order to have productive societies and a certain standard of living. They come and put all their children in school and then when the child is 18 they feel they are entitled to a permanent resident permit. Who is to blame? Look at the parents, they knew they were breaking the laws and doing everything wrong when they sneaked into the country illegally. Obama is not doing enough to make sure those who have invested their own lives in immigrating LEGALLY are respected and obtain what they deserve, unlike the millions who have been breaking the laws for decades and then ask for special treatment ("humanitarian visas"). If Obama were serious, he would start by getting rid of the 14th amendment, so only children born to parents who are LEGALLY in the US receive citizenship. All the rest are citizens of whichever country one or both parents are from.

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