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Deported U.S. Veterans Create Art On Border Wall

CAMPO, CA - OCTOBER 17:  A wall moves along the U.S.-Mexico border October 17, 2007 in Campo, California.  Many states far fr
CAMPO, CA - OCTOBER 17: A wall moves along the U.S.-Mexico border October 17, 2007 in Campo, California. Many states far from the border are having to confront illegal immigration issues like never before as the flow of migrants in search of work spreads to the far corners of the United States. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

When Alex Murillo was released at the U.S.-Mexico border right outside of Tijuana in 2011, he was given a little money, a cup of soup and was allowed to make a single phone call.

“They released me like a baboon into the wild,” said Murillo, 35.

His deportation was scheduled for noon, yet it was nearly midnight when he crossed into his country of birth and realized that he had nowhere to go.

The U.S. Navy veteran felt abandoned by the government for which he had risked his life for nearly four years, and that was now forcing him to leave behind his five children.

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