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Border Patrol agents closing the Door of Hope between Tijuana and San Diego
Border Patrol agents closing the Door of Hope between Tijuana and San Diego
Paolo Mastrolilli

TIJUANA — Martin Pina stands in the courtyard of the "Casa del Migrante," which was founded 29 years ago by Catholic Scalabrinian missionaries to help migrants in this teeming Mexican border city.

Sporting a tattoo of his mother Belinda on his left arm and Mexican singer Selena on his right, Pina says that he had been deported just four days earlier from California for selling marijuana. "I made mistakes, they found me and deported me four days ago," says Martin. " I've already done nine years of prison, and I would have had to serve another eight, and then a life sentence if they caught me again."

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