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MONTES, Verónica. Deportability and manifestations of suffering of Mexican immigrants and their families in the United States. Apuntes [online]. 2019, vol.46, n.84, pp.5-35. ISSN 0252-1865.

In this study, I examine the way in which deportation inflicts different forms of suffering upon both immigrants themselves and their families. Drawing on a series of open-ended interviews with Mexican immigrants in the United States, as well as children of immigrants, and deportees, I examine not only the subjective condition of immigrants’ deportability status but also how living in a constant state of fear affects every member of the family. In each of the cases, I document the circumstances that contribute to the suffering of immigrants and their families. Finally, although all the stories presented here were forged through pain and anxiety, ultimately, these narratives demonstrate resistance and resilience within the migrant community.

Keywords : Return migration; suffering; deportation regime; resilience; Mexico; United States.

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