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‘I carried my addiction into civilian life’

TIJUANA, Baja California, Mexico – Vietnam Veteran Richard Avila returned from Asia addicted to drugs and was discharged from the Marines after being arrested for drug possession. After many run-ins with the law, he was deported in 1996, but returned multiple times and eventually served three years in federal prison before being deported a final time.

A hope that all mothers and children are reunited

TIJUANA, Baja California, Mexico – Yolanda Varona, who helps run The Bunker in Tijuana, was deported to Mexico in January 2010 without the chance to say goodbye to her children. Varona founded a support group for deported mothers, like herself, who have been separated from their children in the U.S.

Court agrees man could face torture, death if returned to El Salvador

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court overturned an immigration board's decision to deport an Arizona man to his native El Salvador, rejecting the lower court's "glib characterization" that murders, beatings and home invasions did not constitute persecution.