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Juan’s Diaries: Looking at the Rio Grande

Teenage Diaries Revisited Listen to Juan's diary 16 years later »

Juan and his family crossed the Rio Grande into Texas in 1992. They lived undocumented in a poor community just this side of the U.S.-Mexican border. We gave him a cassette recorder to document his life there for NPR.

Almost two decades later, we gave Juan another recorder to report on his life as an adult. In many ways, Juan has achieved the American Dream – he has a house, a good job, and three American kids. But…he’s still undocumented. Listen to Juan’s original story and his new audio diary about life today.

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