Our Programs

Deportee Reintegration Program

EVERY YEAR, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE DEPORTED FROM THE UNITED STATES.

They are parents, sons, daughters, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts, cousins, teenagers, toddlers, and even infants.  Many of them have committed no crimes and are denied basic, life-saving due process protection.  Many are survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and persecution.

They are sometimes lawful permanent residents (green card-holders) who have lived for decades in the United States.  They are fathers and mothers separated from US Citizen children who depend on them. They are veterans.  They are sometimes even US citizens.  They are human beings and they are in need.

Al Otro Lado assists deportees who are struggling to survive in Tijuana. Many deportees have grown up in the United States, and lack the Mexican identity documents necessary to obtain housing, employment, and medical care. Al Otro Lado provides deportees with information on how to obtain identity documents, educational equivalence, and health coverage in Mexico. We also provide deportees with information on potential employment opportunities for English-speakers.

Some of our clients were deported in violation of their due process rights. Wherever possible, our attorneys work to assist deportees who are able to legally return to the United States.