SAN SIMÓN EL ALTO, Mexico —When Alejandro Cedillo was deported to Mexico from the United States, his Florida-born son and daughter were little older than toddlers, and it would be six years before he would see them again. Cedillo returned, alone, to his close-knit family in San Simón el Alto, the hilltop farming town he had left nine years before, when he was only 17. An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.
But the homecoming is never the end of the story. The sequel is rarely simple, and for those with children left behind, it is agonizing. Under President Trump’s more aggressive enforcement policies, arrests of undocumented immigrants were up almost 40 percent in the first three months of his administration compared with the same period last year, and Mexico is preparing to receive a wave of returnees.