On ‘Radio Times’: Taking a 10-year-old child over the Mexico-U.S. border ‘was just a matter of surviving’

 Immigrants who participated in A Day Without Immigrants gather a Thomas Paine park for a rally. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Immigrants who participated in A Day Without Immigrants gather a Thomas Paine park for a rally. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Earlier this week the Department of Homeland Security released plans to ramp up the deportation of undocumented immigrants. Thursday’s episode of “Radio Times” was about how the Trump administration’s directives are affecting local immigrant communities.

Philadelphia artist and community organizer Erika Guadalupe Nuñez told host Marty Moss-Coane about the difficult decision her mother made,to leave Mexico and to take Erika, then just 10 years old, through the desert and across the U.S. border.

“My mother knew that I’d have a better life in the U.S. And that was just because of the economic state of Mexico,” she said. “For us it was just a matter of surviving.”

After the radio hour concluded, guests Caitlin Barry, assistant professor at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, spoke to WHYY and Keystone Crossroads reporter Annette John-Hall live on Facebook about President Trump’s immigration enforcement.

Listen to Thursday’s full hour of Radio Times.

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