Tijuana, Mexico (04:52)
The U.S. institutes mass deportations following the 9/11 attacks; 97% are Mexicans. Photographer Chris Bava describes Zona Norte. Prevencasa passes through the canal every week to offer services to deportees. (Credits)
"Plastic People" (03:59)
Jorge Nieto reflects on deportation and family separation. Deportees face discrimination in Mexico; community services try to feed 1,100 people daily. President Obama cites the need for immigration reform; see an anti-immigration protest.
Assault With a Deadly Weapon (03:24)
In July 2010, Jonathan Espinoza confronts a bully and is arrested; authorities want to register him as a gang member. If he gets deported, he will be forbidden to return to the U.S.
Immigrants and Deportation (02:39)
Protesters in Atlanta, GA march for immigration reform; experts discuss Secure Communities and ICE. Many deportees live on the streets and become hooked on drugs.
Zona Norte Addicts (08:18)
Bava documents the stories of drug users in Tijuana through pictures; he reflects on risk. Javier Godinez Mondragon discusses his deportation. City officials are focusing on cleaning up the area; hundreds of deportees cross the Via Rapida every day.
Life in the Canal (06:20)
Mondragon recalls violence and the shanty town before officials cleared it away; the homeless make shelters in the sewers. A man describes his way of life and Mondragon discusses his history of drug use.
"The Spot" (03:44)
Homeland security patrols the unpopulated land that separates San Diego, CA and Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. The Tijuana cartel operates a drug market close to Mondragon's home; Bava photographs a body in the street.
Deportees and Poverty (06:55)
Claudia Perez discusses life in Mexico. An American religious charity offers a free meal once a week. During Mexican Repatriation, the U.S. deports two million Mexicans; half are U.S. citizens.
Mondragon, now showered and in clean clothes, wants to help Guero. Tijuana police have an arrest quota. Bava and Mondragon film a possible drug raid and the group flees from police.
Tijuana Jails (04:17)
A sub-deputy questions filming at La Veinte. Former addict Chris Dorta-Duque discusses his arrest, a riot at La Mesa Penitentiary, and prison conditions.
Police Activity (02:18)
Mondragon considers why the police are outside his house. They chase down several people and put them in their trucks.
Canal Raid (04:50)
Some people will sleep in the cemetery at night to avoid police; police raid the canal and 12 deportees die. Mondragon walks along the canal.
"Public Bother" (02:42)
Mondragon discusses being beat by police after having filmed them handle a dead body; the police are unaware of the documentary.
Deported to Tijuana (08:05)
Carla Thonso asks Bava for help in locating Espinoza and he finds him at the border. Espinoza and his wife recall their reunion; Zoe will return to the U.S. to have their baby.
Deportee Update (06:51)
Bava reflects on getting Mondragon into a halfway house and documenting people. Guero gets clean and returns to his family. Perez remains in Zona Norte. Elena Diaz must wait years before trying reentry into the U.S.
Credits: Exile Nation (01:16)
Credits: Exile Nation
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