Missouri couple paves way for American Dream

Gabriel and Sara Ruiz, husband and wife, were neighbors who fell in love and moved from Michoacán, Mexico, to California in the early 1990s to work on farms with hopes of realizing the American Dream. They brought with them their two children, Gabriel Jr. and Maria.

Couple finds a home, work in Missouri fields

Newlyweds Alvaro Porras Loza and Maricruz Martinez Hernandez moved in early June from the Kansas City area to work the farm fields of New Haven, a town that hugs the banks of the Missouri River and stationed about an hour west of St. Louis.

‘The Long Journey Home’ sparks conversation on Latino migration

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting was part of a two-hour event focused on the Latino migration to central Illinois on Sept. 29, 2015. The event, “The Long Journey Home: The Story of Latino Migration into Central Illinois,” was the second installment of an Illinois Humanities’ series. CU-CitizenAccess.org, Illinois Public Media and the University of Illinois College of Media also helped host the event, which took place at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, Ill.