A majority of those that have been deported from the United States to Mexico say that it feels strange to be in a place they haven’t lived in for most of their lives. They say they feel lost because they don’t know anyone in Mexico and they certainly are confused about how to start a life there.
There is one place, however, that is opening its doors with welcoming encouragement: Pinche Gringo.
A restaurant in Mexico City is hiring people that have been deported from the U.S.
Pinche Gringo currently has 50 employees, and seven of them are recent deportees, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“That’s our government. I feel responsible for it,” Dan Defossey told the L.A. Times.
Defossey, originally from New York, opened his barbecue restaurant in 2014.
The food severed is typical American barbecue and has become a popular establishment in town. Their desire to hire deportees is giving those sent back to Mexico with nothing a chance to make ends meet.
Thirty-year-old Miguel Martinez says making the transition back to Mexico was very tough for him.
“You’re not from here,” Martinez said to the L.A. Times, and added that Mexicans made fun of his Spanish. He says that he feels half-American and left his “heart there.”
But he says Pinche Gringo has helped him get through those difficult moments.
“It’s like you’re in the U.S.,” Martinez said of Pinche Gringo. “I can escape my reality for a little while.”