'In The Country We Love': Diane Guerrero Releases Tell-All Memoir About Family's Deportation

Diane Guerrero
Diane Guerrero tells her story about her parents and brother being deported. Getty

In 2014, actress Diane Guerrero opened up about the heartbreaking story of her family’s deportation. At age 14, her biggest fear came true when she came home to an empty house, because her parents had been taken from their Boston home to be deported to Colombia.

Since opening up in an essay for the L.A. Times, Guerrero, who is now 29, began writing a tell-all memoir titled “In The Country We Love” and subtitled “My family divided,” which was just released. The reportedly riveting book narrates the story of the tragic, pivotal moment in the actress’s life and what the aftermath was like.

In her initial essay and book, the “OITNB” star also says she vividly remembers her parents trying to become legal time after time with no avail, meaning she spent her childhood fearing she would one day come back from school to an empty house, until she did. “With every ring of my family’s doorbell, with every police car passing on the street, a horrifying possibility hung in the air: My parents might one day be sent back to Colombia. That fear permeated every part of my childhood,” the book read.

Something she pointed out as extremely concerning at the time, was that she had no support from the authorities, which did not seem to care that a child had been left parentless. “Not a single person at any level of government took any note of me. No one checked to see if I had a place to live or food to eat, and at 14, I found myself basically on my own,” she explained.

The book also narrates what it was like for Guerrero to meet President Obama, after he had shared his executive action to protect around 4.4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The reportedly riveting memoir was co-written by Michael Buford, who is known for co-writing a memoir with Michelle Knight about being abducted by Ariel Castro in Cleveland.

Guerrero’s book comes at a very important time as Donald Trump just became the GOP’s presidential candidate, and has severely racist and inhumane plans for undocumented immigrants.

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Natalie Roterman
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