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Mexicali’s Deportees from the U.S.

Hotel El Migrante

Hotel El Migrante

Mexicali is right on the border with California and a convenient drop-off for Mexicans deported from the U.S.

At the entrance to Mexicali is a Chinese pagoda. Originally, Chinese migrants came here to help dig canals distributing Colorado River water to the fertile lands around Mexicali, both in the  U.S. and Mexico. Originally, there were many Chinese in Mexicali and virtually no Mexicans.

Times however have changed and now Mexicali is a bustling metropolis of a million people living right on the border with the U.S.

In addition to being a manufacturing town, surrounded by verdant farms, Mexicali has become the major drop-off for those deported by the Obama administration. Sometimes there can be hundreds of deportees in a single day. They are dropped off by a Border Patrol bus at the border.

Why Mexicali. It is safer than other border cities, and it is difficult to return to the U.S. from Mexicali as about 85 percent of the deportees to Mexicali try to cross back into the U.S.

Mexicali is that it’s one of the hardest places to cross back into the U.S. just on the American side border patrol has beefed up in recent years. When deportees do try to cross, it’s further down the road from Mexicali, in the dry, rocky, mountains known as La Rumerosa. This can be very dangerous, even suicidal. In the stark bare Rumerosa area immigrants have been assaulted by local gangs who are hiding in the mountains waiting to jump the illegals.

The deportees who arrive in Mexicali are checked by the Mexican police. Those with a serious criminal record are held and questioned. If the deportee survives the questioning, they end up with aid groups, and a shelter for women and children.

There is also a van that will take the deportees to the bus station. There, they receive a percentage of their bus ticket, paid, for them to return to their hometowns. Many just use it to go to Tijuana or other places where it is easier to cross the border— illegally.

Some of the deportees stay here in Mexicali for a few days. If they do that their best option is a place called the Hotel El Migrante, about a half a mile away. It’s run by a local charity.

It’s an old, three-story building with big glass windows. Bunk beds and candles are supplied for the residents as there is no electricity. The residents can stay three nights for free, as long as they don’t miss curfew and don’t misbehave.

After that, they have to start working, either as a guard, a cook, cleaner or beggar and half goes back to the Hotel El Migrante.

Still, many would rather live in the park(and risked being robbed)  than in a hostel that takes half his earnings from begging in the street. He says he’s saving money to pay someone to cross him back into the U.S. Some opt to sleep in a local park, saving their money to return—illegally— to the U.S.

Some illegals have made this trip many times.

2 comments to Mexicali’s Deportees from the U.S.

  • Alan:
    I agree. The proximity of Mexico makes it a much better sourcing choice than China. There are, as you point out, other socially oriented benefits to trading with Mexico, rather than China.
    God Bless,

  • Alan Campbell

    There is something sold on the internet by 3 or 4 companies that I have come up with improvements for and I want to make and sell my version. My competition is primarily items made in China. I can go on and find over 6000 companies that sell electric motors, most of them from China and none from Mexico. Some of these are so specialized I figure they have little chance of selling, but still they are in the game trying to get sales. For a number of reasons I do not want to deal with China and have spent a lot of time trying to find companies in Mexico who could design the motor generator I need and sell me parts to assemble or complete motor generators. So far I have not found a single company to do this even though I have to believe there must be a few companies in Mexico making electric motors.
    Every so often there is a news report about toys made in China with lead paint and I have heard complaints about the quality of product from China and knock-offs being made. I see huge potential for Mexico, Central and South America to expand their economies by stealing jobs from China. The only companies I have come across willing to help me get a company started in Mexico are ones headquartered in the US. Mexicans will accept American companies coming down to put up factories, but seem to have little interest in expanding their economy on their own.
    Mexicans are not the only ones I find fault with. The American politicians waste a lot of time arguing over which finger to stick in the dam next. A few years ago they spent a ridiculous amount of money putting up a physical wall and trying to put up a virtual one. To me this is economic quicksand. They could have gone into Mexico, central and south America, bought up land, put up factories that manufactured parts coming from china, put a price on them that was competitive with parts from China and sold them to companies especially in border states as a way to reduce the part of their tax burden that deals with the illegal alien and drug problem. They could then sell these factories at fair market value. Even as incompetent as they are at doing everything even politicians should get half their money back. Theoretically you could steal a million jobs from China without doing much damage to a country with a population of 1.3 billion people. What would a million jobs spread across Latin America do for the illegal alien and drug problems. Unfortunately there are a large number of people whose jobs are dependent on large numbers of people and drugs illegally crossing the border and the politicians will never do anything to lose those jobs no matter what it costs the sheep.

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