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Karla Guillen stayed behind after her father was deported and her mother followed

Children of Immigrants

Monterey County Weekly, by Arvin Temkar

Karla Guillen always had a plan: work hard, take AP classes, go to a good college. Don’t get stuck in Salinas. Two months before graduation, a month before prom, two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, that plan fell apart.

Her cell phone alarm sounded at 7am that day in 2011. Guillen pulled herself out of bed, got ready and walked across the street to her godmother’s house to catch a ride to Alisal High. …Read more