Dreamer Mums: Divided by US Deportation

In Mexico, one woman dreams of reuniting with her family in the US legally as she supports other deported mothers.

Filmmaker: John Dickie

Every year, more than 400,000 people are deported from the US.

Yolanda Varona is one of them. After living in San Diego for 17 years, tragedy struck one day when she was arrested and deported to Mexico five years ago. Because her children are US citizens, she left them behind with their father.

“It’s like waking up from the American Dream and discovering a nightmare,” she says.

She is trapped in Tijuana, Mexico, her life in limbo, but she is fighting to reclaim her life and her family.

Once in Tijuana, she discovered other women in the same predicament, and together they founded a support group called Dreamer Moms. Through it, they are fighting for the right to return to the US and reunite with their children.

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