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August 10, 2010

Not At Home In Mexico

Up until just a couple of months ago, Albert Becerril thought of Warrenville, Illinois as his hometown. It's where he grew up, where he went to school, where his friends are. And it's where he was on the day when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers came to arrest him, and send him to Mexico. Albert's one of these kids who was carried across the border as a baby. U.S. authorities say Mexico is where Albert belongs, even though he doesn't know the country, and he doesn't really know the language. In fact, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has stepped up deportations.  Last year alone, 350,000 people were deported. That's double what it was in recent years. Albert talks with Dick Gordon from Guadalajara, Mexico where he is staying with an aunt that he never met until he showed up at her door.

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