Listener Nury Castillo-Crawford of Gwinnett County got in touch with On Second Thought after hearing a interview on mental health issues within immigrant communities. The guest on the show was an immigrant shielded from immigration through the federal DACA program. Nury wrote a book this year about her own experiences coming to this country as a young child from Peru. The children's book is called "3,585 Miles to be an American Girl".
Currently, she’s director of community engagement at Gwinnett County Public Schools. There, she’s impacting 10-year-old Jada Sanford’s life. Jada was born in the U.S., and is about the same age Nury was when she arrived in this country. Nury’s book about her experience as an immigrant has shaped Jada’s perspective. The two of them spoke with On Second Thought’s Fenly Foxen.