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TIJUANA, Mexico—On the U.S. side of the line, a movement official opened a latch on a metal entryway. On the opposite side, a lonas y malla sombras en Tijuana
official opened another latch. With that piece of old-fashioned convention, the metal entryway opened, and Antonio Gomez ventured once more into the nation he'd escaped as a kid.
A man rests on a bench inside Casa del Migrante, a shelter run by Catholic priests that frequently houses Mexicans who have been deported from the United States.
It was the first time Gomez had been in Mexico in 34 years.
"I feel dizzy," he said later, sitting on a bench at Casa del Migrante, a shelter run by Roman Catholic priests atop one of Tijuana's many hills. "I can't believe this has happened to me."
Gomez had crossed the border illegally alone in 1980, at age nine. He slept under a freeway overpass when he was 12. Over the next few decades, he struggled. But by 43 he was a husband, father, and co-owner of a small construction company.lonas y malla sombras en Tijuana