“The Cost of Deportations” looks at deportation through the lens of one Central American nation that sends migrants north–Guatemala.
About two million Guatemalans live in the US. But, half of those here lack legal status, and tens of thousands of Guatemalans are deported back to their country each year.
Thus, the question arises: are the countries these migrants left prepared for an influx of returnees?
This week, journalist Maria Martin explores that and other questions, including whether some Guatemalans still plan to migrate north, even given the hardening of immigration policy in the US.
Carlos Lopez, Casa del Migrante Guatemala; Martin, Juan Sebastian, Rodolfo, and Hicer – Guatemalans who have migrated and been deported, or who have attempted to migrate to the US; Lisbeth Gramajo, anthropologist at Rafael Landivar University; Willie Barreno, chef and founder of Cafe Red Kat; Fredy Lopez, San Pedro Credit Cooperative; Don Julio, Qanjobal Maya elder; Don Sebastian Gaspar, business owner; Father Mauro Verzeletti, director Casa del Migrante Guatemala and El Salvador; Father Dionisio, pastor of San Pedro Catholic Church; Marvin Otzcoy, Guatemalan Fraternity of Northern Nevada.
Episode Producer & Reporter: Maria Martin
Making Contact Producer: Monica Lopez
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Audience Engagement Manager: Sabine Blaizin
Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker
Thank Yous and Credits: Reporting made possible by a grant from FIJ–the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
Voice Overs by Miguel Estrada, Claude Marks, Jess Hermosillo, Joel Ulloa, Max Ferrin, Glenn Ontiveros, Ruxandra Guidi, Jonathan Lawson, and Chris Stehlik.
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