Two years ago, Diane Guerrero revealed in a bombshell essay for the Los Angeles Times that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported her parents when she was only 14 years old, leaving the American-born citizen to fend for herself with the help of family friends. That essay began Guerrero’s ongoing activism for immigrant reform, and the more than 11 million families who live in fear of being separated – a subject she later expanded on in her memoir In the Country We Love, published this spring.
Now, her memoir is being adapted into a CBS drama of the same name, with Guerrero attached as its star. The drama will bring on a big chunk of the producing team behind Jane the Virgin, including showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and executive producers Ben Silverman and Paul Sciarrotta, the latter of whom has taken on principal writing duties. The show will focus on a high powered corporate lawyer who takes on pro-bono immigration cases after her family’s own struggles with deportation are revealed.
In the Country We Love currently has no firm dates for its premiere, but we can look forward to seeing it on CBS sometime next season. Keep a look out for more developments.