Deported in Tijuana

Tijuana border deportees

Lately, I’ve been parking my car in San Ysidro and walking through the Port of Entry. Every night, no fail, at around 7 p.m. I walk through right as Border Patrol agents are deporting their latest batch of undocumented workers. The group of deportees are made up mostly of young men, but there have been times when I’ve seen women, small children and old men barely able to walk.

It’s sad, to say the least. The people are taken off a bus, forced to stand against the border fence with their arms up like criminals, then they’re given a brown paper bag with the letters “MX” scribbled across the bottom corner and squeezed through a little side door right next to the turnstile gate where people walk through.

Most of them look bewildered and scared. They group together near the border fence and go through the contents of the bag — so far, what I’ve seen are shoelaces, belts and bottled water — then they eventually wander off into the wild that is Tijuana.

A few of the deportees ask passersby for money so they can call their families on the nearby public phones. Others likely have no way of contacting their family members. I can’t even imagine being in that situation. No wonder Tijuana has so many problems. The deportees have no food, no shelter –they have nothing but the clothes on their backs. If I were in that situation, I’d do whatever it took to get food and shelter. Steeling and panhandling comes to mind.

There has simply got to be a better way. Aside from humanitarian organizations like La Casa Del Migrante, which has representatives waiting at the fence for deportees from time to time, and a new program that gives immigrants a ride back to their hometown (which most left for good reason and have no interest in returning to), the people have little to no resources. It’s just not fair.  The United States should take more ownership in what happens to the people we deport.  Dropping them off in Tijuana with nothing but a paper bag filled with crap is just not enough.

About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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5 Responses to Deported in Tijuana

  1. lagringaadventurera says:

    yeah I used to come home every night and see bus loads of men and women deported with barely a shirt on their back into almost freezing weather. What’s even worse is it could be done in the heat of the day, but “wackenhut” the people that are paid to detain and escort and transport them, prefers to let them freeze their asses off instead. This stuff makes me nuts , wackenhut is famous for human civil rights abuses in prisons all over the us, you may be too young to remember the video tape beatings of inmates in Texas by wackenhut empoyees using dogs???? scary stuff
    I would love to start my own chartity collecting coats with 10 bucks in the pocket for those people, but I just never figured out how to collect and really distribute them , many people told me they would send coats, so if you can think of anything let me know. I just don’t want someone getting and selling the damn coats before they get them.

    • andrea says:

      i feel really bad cuz my husband got deported to tj in august then he went back to his mothers home in jalisco after that he tryed to pass in tj with his two brothers in the end of august i was going to have our second child he tryed to make it back but its really hard in tj to pass so he and his brothers went to sonoryita i think thats the name any ways he passed and got caught in arizona his brother lost him in the desert and turned back he hadnt ever been to the states and dosnt know english his other brother went back when they made it to sonora it was to hard he said anyways my husband got 2 months in arizona he got out in november i sent him some money it helped him a little i think so its now febuary i had the baby in dec 2009 and hes gone didnt get to see his daughter be born and hasnt been here for his other daughter who looks just like him she is 1 yr old i give up i wish the best for him i hope he comes close to god cuz theres nothing but evil thing walking around in tj and worst yet his brother was just killed in jalisco stabbed to death the brother who left in sonora first trying to work here in the states for a better life for him and his wife and 6 children to die at the hands of his pasanos its so sad how the goverment is mexico the mexican people dosent care about there people there cold blooded my uncle lives in the coahuila and his not doing good at all he had turbculosis and has a crazy prostitute living with him he got deported too he probabley has hiv i know he has hepitates on top of that he had polio as a child crazy people that have dont come close to god nothing goes good for them its just like when the aztecs where kidnapping fellow trips and giving in sacrifice to ther gods but really committing cerial killings it a crazy world in tj i hope that the new sodom and gomorrha come to an end for there own good.

  2. lol says:

    There are homeless panhandlers in Gaslamp and our govt and does nothing about it and you want them to take care of mexican citizens lol. What exactly is the Mexican government doing ? That is something that perplexes me about the lack of any effort from the side of Mexico. It is not like Mexico is sub-saharan africa with absolutely no resources or anything. I think the best solution for all of us is to institute a good guest worker program so that people can easily move across legally when they need to work and maintain family on the mexico side and make a good living. Nothing else is going to work.

  3. lagringaadventurera says:

    ya but you and I know the homeless panhandlers in san diego are mostly drug addicted and or mentally ill. Not dying to go to work…….

  4. LookingForMyBrother says:


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