“I grew up when that happened.”

In 1933, Ruben Aguilar was deported to Mexico as part of a largely forgotten Mexican Repatriation Program run by the U.S. government.

During the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of people of Mexican descent were forcibly deported to Mexico without due process. Many, like Ruben, were American citizens.

Ruben had been born in the United States, but his parents were not citizens, and the entire family was deported. Ruben was six years old at the time.

He told his story to his friend Bill Luna.

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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Music Info: Thinking Of You by Gillicuddy from the album Plays Guitar.
Produced by Michael Garofalo
Facilitated by Yasmina Guerda.

Special thanks to Marlen Garcia

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