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.


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

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

Jennifer Molina contributed to the reporting.