A piece of this interview air on KCRW’s Morning Edition on Dec. 30.

Jose Ramirez, 19, was born in Torrence, Calif., and moved to Tijuana, Mexico almost immediately after birth. For 14 years he lived and went to school south of the border.

“They used to call me ‘gringo’ or white boy,” Jose recalls his classmates calling him.

This interview was recorded at CARECEN Los Angeles

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