Life in El Salvador after deportation
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Life in El Salvador after deportation

Life in El Salvador after deportation

Juan Villegas said he was a member of the 18th Street gang in Los Angeles before being deported back to El Salvador. Villegas has been shot two times since returning to the country. He sells pastries on the streets,  making a small profit. “Who’s going to give me a job?” he asks.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

Luis Ramirez, left, and Juan Villegas, both deported back to El Salvador, visit a rehab center in the capital, San Salvador.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

Deportee Juan Villegas has been shot twice since returning to El Salvador.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

Maggie Moran, 45, a deportee, now lives in a women’s shelter where she helps with cooking and child care. Her children live in the United States, where she lost custody of them.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

Deportee Maggie Moran, 45, gets a hug from Sam Hawkins at a church in San Salvador. Moran says she was able to change her life for the better by being deported, but she misses her family in the United States.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

Maggie Moran walks a child from school back to the women’s shelter where she cooks and provides child care.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

Jose Reyes, 39, right, parties with Ivania Hernandez and Walter Lopez. Reyes and Lopez were both deported from the U.S. after growing up in Houston. “My whole life was there,” Reyes said. “My first language was English.”

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

Deportee Walter Lopez, 38, center, is checked for weapons before attending a Super Bowl party at a local sports stadium. “I dream in English,” said Lopez.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

Mayra Machado, 31, was deported to El Salvador in 2017, away from her three children. She arrived in El Salvador without a passport or any identification.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Life in El Salvador after deportation

A photo of Mayra Machado, 31, and her children. Machado was deported back to El Salvador in 2017. Her children, who are U.S. citizens, remain in Fayetteville, Ark. She still hasn’t told them she isn’t coming back.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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