Chasing the American Dream: Four Migrants in Tijuana Tent Camp Tell Their Stories

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Last Tuesday, accompanied by an African asylum seeker serving as translator, Newsweek gained access to the El Chaparral migrant camp in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego, which more than 2,000 people call home, some for more than five years.

These are the stories of four migrants who live in the camp. For their safety and protection, we did not photograph them, and we have given them pseudonyms.

We asked each of them, “What does the American Dream mean to you?”


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