Luz María Hernández gazes blankly across the shaded courtyard, clutching a cellphone in one hand and a sodden handkerchief in the other. Less than 48 hours ago, Hernández, 45, was deported to Tijuana after 25 years as an undocumented migrant in southern California. Her five children, aged three to 23, were born in California, and they now have to live without their mother.
Minutes before being escorted to the border, US immigration agents informed her that she was banned from entering the US for 10 years.
This piece was co-commissioned by Itzel Guille and Guardian editors for We’re Here To Stay. A series edited by Dreamers — young immigrants who arrived in the US as children, and who are now in danger of losing their right to stay here legall