This story is a heart-rending depiction of what a family goes through when a mother is deported. We meet kids not unlike most any kids you’d meet, with one exception: their mother lives hundreds of miles away. It’s forced them to grow up faster, and left them in the care of their grandmother, who is undocumented. There are enough children living like this now that there’s a term for them: deportation orphans.
Jordana Gustafson is a freelance reporter based in Oregon. She began her radio career at WBUR in Boston and has reported and produced for numerous outlets, including NPR, Marketplace and This American Life. Jordana graduated from Connecticut College. She was a member of the WUNC-Chapel Hill team that won the 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award for the series Understanding Poverty. In 2010, she and her colleagues were awarded the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for their documentary series, The Arab World’s Demographic Dilemma. Jordana is a 2013 immigration reporting fellow with the Institute for Justice and Journalism.