Abimael Martinez lives in a hole he dug in the Tijuana River channel, a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border.
This week, Congress opens its first serious discussion on comprehensive immigration reform in six years. No matter how contentious, the debate offers a glimmer of hope for an estimated 11 million people living here illegally, eager to come away from the shadows.
But for those already deported, especially those who had established roots in the US, re-starting their lives can be hard. In some cases, life can be grim. For the California Report, Amy Isackson reports on how just over the border in Tijuana, some deportees are living underground.