StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: What Happens When a Father is Deported?

“We decided to stay, and we had to let him go,” says Nohemi De La Torre.


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.



  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.
  • Erin Allen
    Erin Allen is a Content Producer with Framed by WDET. Allen is a foodie, yogi and world explorer.
  • Rahsaan Cherry
    Rahsaan Cherry is WDET's Audio Production Assistant. He is best known by his nickname, RAHS.
  • Laura Herberg
    Laura Herberg is a Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here.