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Goodbye, America: Frustrated, a young immigrant returns to Mexico




Jorge Lerma prepares to return to Mexico, where he is from, after having spent half his life as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S.
Jorge Lerma prepares to return to Mexico, where he is from, after having spent half his life as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

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During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney proposed self-deportation as a solution for dealing with the millions of immigrants that are in this country without documentation.
 
Democrats pounced on this statement, and even some Romney supporters said it didn't seem like a well-thought out plan. But Pew Research Center, in the five years between 2005 and 2010, almost a million and a half Mexican citizens in the U.S. returned to their home country.

A key reason: they couldn't find suitable work.

From public station KUOW in Seattle, reporter Liz Jones offers this profile of one man in his early 30s, who's returning to Mexico after living here for almost half his life.