Resource June 12, 2020

Meet the Journalist: Jessica Prokop

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Ramon Flores, 46, from left, formerly of Hazel Dell, sits down to Thanksgiving dinner at his apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, with his daughter, Rayma, 10, wife, Enedis, 54, daughter, Kennedy, 16, and son, Raymond, 15. His family, who now lives in Chula Vista, Calif., crossed the U.S.-Mexico border shortly before midnight Wednesday so they could be together for the American holiday. Image by Amanda Cowan. Mexico, 2019.
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In 2017, a Washington family's life was upended.Ramon Flores, an undocumented immigrant who lived in...

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Ramon and Enedis Flores talk about Valentine's Day 2017, when Ramon was taken into custody by federal immigration agents, after staying at a Motel 6 in Everett. Image by Amanda Cowan. Mexico, 2019.
Ramon and Enedis Flores talk about Valentine's Day 2017, when Ramon was taken into custody by federal immigration agents, after staying at a Motel 6 in Everett. Image by Amanda Cowan. Mexico, 2019.

In 2017, the life of a family in Vancouver, Washington, was upended: Ramon Flores, an undocumented immigrant who lived in the United States for about 20 years, was detained and deported after Motel 6 gave his information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He is now living in Tijuana, Mexico, leaving behind his wife, seven children, and community ties. Assistant metro editor Jessica Prokop discusses reporting by The Columbian, including a series of articles, photos and video, that shows a family split in two. 

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