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Searching for answers

Gladys Dominguez is the 19-year-old daughter of Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, a father of five American children who lived in the United States for more than 20 years.

After being deported from Vista, California, Alfonso tried to return to his family in the U.S. three times, but was repeatedly stopped by Border Patrol agents and deported back to Mexico.

On his fourth and final attempt to re-enter the country, he began to succumb to heat stroke in Arizona state’s border desert. A friend, Isaac, was able to call Alfonso’s wife, Juana, who alerted her daughter, Gladys, that her father was in trouble.

In this extended interview, Gladys recounts the long and frustrating search for information about her father’s condition and whereabouts.

“I made so many calls and no one would help,” she said.

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