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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
A deported Mexican migrant at the U.S.-Mexican border

This Mexican citizen had spent most of his life in California, only to be deported back to Mexico as an adult. His daughter remains in California. He had been shot in the chest years ago by a police officer in California after stealing from a convenience store, but was too afraid to press charges. He is holding up a letter from the Mexican government, which denies his request for assistance in pursuing the case against the California cop.

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Date Taken: 04.2016
Date Uploaded: 06.2016
Photo Location: Nogales, Mexico
Copyright: © Isabel Ball