Diana Lara’s father was deported to Mexico when she was thirteen years old. Lara, her mother, and her two younger brothers were US citizens at the time, and chose not to risk giving up their relatively stable life in Detroit.
“We decided to stay, and we had to let him go,” says Lara’s mother, Nohemi De La Torre. “And it was very hard — financially, emotionally.”
Lara and De La Torre join StoryCorps Detroit to talk about how the absence of their family’s patriarch still affects them 15 years later.
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StoryCorps Detroit is hosted by Sascha Raiyn. This episode was produced by Laura Herberg and mixed by Rahsaan Cherry. The interview featured in this episode was edited by Erin Allen and originally recorded by StoryCorps at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. The StoryCorps Detroit theme music is by Will Sessions.