StoryCorps Detroit: What Happens When a Father is Deported?

Diana Lara’s father was deported to Mexico when she was thirteen years old.


Nohemi De La Torre and her daughter Diana Lara

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 almost 15 years later. 

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Filed Under: #immigration #deportation

This post is a part of StoryCorps Detroit.

Giving people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record meaningful conversations, StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.​ StoryCorps Detroit showcases interviews that were recorded when the MobileBooth stopped in at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. Those conversations are podcast here.



About the Author

Erin Allen

Content Producer

Erin Allen is is a foodie, yogi, and world explorer, using her experiences abroad and domestic to effect change and expand her eclectic skills.  

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