September 23, 2021

About 1 in 8 of California’s school children have an undocumented parent. This week, we take a look at three siblings, all U.S. citizens, who had to put their college plans on hold, when their stepfather took steps to obtain a green card – only to be separated from his loved ones for more than two years. Also, a school board member and advocate for students from immigrant families shares how schools can support these students.

Guests:

Armanda Ruiz, José Luis Ruiz Arévalos, and their kids Elena, Nathan, Ignacio and Priscila

Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Deputy Director, Californians Together; School Board Member, Azusa Unified School District

Read the EdSource article and watch the video:

This episode was produced in collaboration with The California Report Magazine and KQED.

Jennifer Molina contributed to the reporting.