Some deported veterans will have a chance to return

ROSARITO, Mexico – Alex Murillo lives a full life in the Mexican city of Rosarito, a 40-minute drive from the US border near Tijuana. During the day, he works in a call center, from where he speaks in a cheerful and attentive tone to retirees across the United States about their Medicare insurance. After work, he stuffs cleats, flags, and other items into a gym backpack and heads out to coach a youth football team whose players credit him for teaching them the American sport.

But Murillo, 43, does not want to stay in Rosarito, where he has lived for almost a decade. In fact, he feels that he does not belong to Mexico, a country he left when he was a child.

For him, his home is in Phoenix, Arizona, where he grew up, enlisted in the Navy, had four children … and later got into trouble. He was deported two days before Christmas 2011, after serving a sentence for transporting hundreds of kilos of marijuana.