Mapping Conditions of (In)security for ‘Dreamer Parents’ at the Mexico-US Border

Angel Iglesias Ortiz, Johanna Hiitola

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This chapter investigates the everyday (in)securities of Mexican deportees who have experienced family separation as a result of being deported from the United States to Tijuana, Mexico. Our data consists of three interviews conducted during ethnographic fieldwork in Tijuana and 35 stories from the digital archive Humanizando la Deportación (Humanizing Deportation). The data highlights the experiences of deported parents who stayed in Tijuana after being deported, though originally from other parts of Mexico. The decision to stay in Tijuana is often related to being able to keep in direct contact with one’s family and the possibility of crossing the border again in the future. Our analysis reveals gendered everyday conditions of (in)security that are intertwined with deportees’ family situations. In particular, men who were unable to see their families faced addiction and extreme precarity, while women found it extremely hard to continue on with their everyday lives while separated from their children. However, we found that the everyday life of deportees contained not only aspects of precarity and liminality, but also the possibility for building a new life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForced Migration and Separated Families
Subtitle of host publicationEveryday Insecurities and Transnational Strategies
EditorsMarja Tiilikainen, Johanna Hiitola, Abdirashid A. Ismail, Jaana Palander
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-24974-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-24973-0
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameIMISCOE Research Series
ISSN (Print)2364-4087
ISSN (Electronic)2364-4095


  • Deportation
  • Dreamer parents
  • Everyday (in)security
  • Family separation
  • Mexico-US border
  • Migration

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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