A Migrant’s Journey from El Salvador to the Bay Area

19 min
Asylum seeker Veronica Aguilar cooks a red bean soup on Oct. 25, 2018, in Pinole, Calif. She's living with a couple who offered her a spare room while she fights her immigration case. (Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED)

President Trump on Monday announced that federal immigration officers were gearing up for deportations next week. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responded by urging her community to be prepared. It’s unclear whether the federal government is even capable of widespread raids or deportations, and who exactly they're targeting. Trump administration officials have said their immigration policies are meant to deter migrants, many traveling from Central American countries, from coming to the U.S. Today, we’ll revisit an episode from December about one family’s arduous migrant journey from El Salvador to the Bay Area.

Guest: Farida Jhabvala Romero, immigration reporter for KQED

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