Jose and Mr. Ramos: The Dreamer

A follow-up to East of Salinas, The Dreamer revisits Jose Ansaldo, a bright, optimistic kid about to graduate from middle school in Salinas, California, the nation's "salad bowl." His single mom is a farmworker who struggles to support Jose and his siblings. Jose dreams of going to college to become an engineer, but he and other promising students like him now face the threat of deportation.

Air Date 9/7/17

 
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