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Trump Deportations Hit Immigrants With Strong U.S. Roots

June 01, 2017

It didn’t feel much like a homecoming when Luis Fernando Ortiz, 22, stepped off the plane in Mexico City after a decade away. His wrists and ankles were rubbed raw, chained for the duration of a 12-hour journey by bus and plane from Kentucky. His car, apartment, and family – wife, step-children, parents and siblings – were thousands of miles away.

“You have to start your life again with a couple of items in a plastic bag,” said Ortiz, who was deported from the U.S. and arrived in Mexico on January 23 with nothing but a change of clothes, a toothbrush, deodorant and his...

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