Deported to Mexico, a lost generation

“The first three months felt like someone had died. The grief was so strong,” said Maggie Loredo in her family shop in San Luis Potosí. She was deported from Georgia at 18. (Adam Wiseman/The Observer)
“The first three months felt like someone had died. The grief was so strong,” said Maggie Loredo in her family shop in San Luis Potosí. She was deported from Georgia at 18. (Adam Wiseman/The Observer)

By Nina Lakhani / The Guardian

For the children of undocumented Mexican migrants in the United States, life demands secrecy. They learn to navigate between the two cultures while hiding their illegal status. After a few years, they often feel, look and sound so American, they can forget that, in the eyes of the law, they are aliens.

But they are, and they can be arrested at any moment.

At least 500,000 young adults who grew up in the US have been deported or have decided to return to Mexico in the past decade.

For years, little was known about what happened to these youngsters, but a picture is now emerging of a well-educated, bilingual, bicultural group whose traumas and talents are being ignored.

http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/may/17/deported-to-mexico-immigration-america

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