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Maria’s Choice – The Face of Immigration

On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee hear about the heart-wrenching story of Maria Santiago, an asylum seeker and immigrant mother who was deported from Utah to her native Guatemala. She was forced to decide whether to keep her family intact or send her children back to Salt Lake City without their primary caregiver.

Joining us is Deseret News reporter Gillian Friedman, who along with photojournalist Laura Seitz, traveled to Central America to tell the story of how the Trump Administration’s immigration policy helped to create Maria’s Choice.


About the author, Jasen

Jasen is a veteran journalist and broadcaster who began his career in radio. He’s worked in Milwaukee, Springfield, IL and Salt Lake City covering news, politics and sports. He is the co-creator of the Voices of Reason podcast along with Amy Donaldson where they promote civil dialogue and understanding between people of differing views. A Chicago native, Jasen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a Masters of Professional Communication degree at Weber State University.

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