A metro Atlanta reporter was featured in a New York Times documentary. The short film “Boca del Lobo” highlights Mario Guevara and his work as an immigration reporter at Mundo Hispanico.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The El Salvador native spoke with WABE’s Roxanne Scott on how he tries to be impartial, changes he’s seen covering immigration for the past eight years and why Georgia is a good place to live.
On being impartial while reporting on his community:
“It’s the most difficult part because it’s really hard to be impartial. As an immigrant, you have your own feeling. But it’s funny because sometimes the authorities, they see me like an … immigrant protector or an activist, but it’s not true. But the other part is that sometimes people in my community, they believe I’m working with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), I’m working with the police, and they send me messages [like] you are a traitor.”
On changes he’s seen in covering immigration:
“The last period of [President Barack] Obama’s administration … people were arrested daily … But he deported people [mostly] with criminal records. But [President Donald] Trump, he changed that. He said everybody undocumented, everybody illegal has to be deported.”
On why he thinks Georgia is a good place to live:
“I believe Georgia can be better, yeah. Not only with immigrants, Georgia can be better with everybody. Georgia can be better for taxpayers, Georgia can be better for business owners … but Georgia is a good place to live.”