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Orange Is the New Black’s Diane Guerrero to Star in a CBS Immigration Drama Based on Her Life

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Diane Guerrero is using her personal experience as the child of two deported parents as the foundation for a new CBS drama, according to Deadline. The actress, who is best known for roles on Jane the Virgin and Orange Is the New Black, has partnered with a trio of Virgin producers to develop In the Country We Love, a series inspired by the memoir In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, which she co-wrote with author Michelle Burford. The book outlines Guerrero’s life as the child of Colombian immigrants who were deported when she was 14, leaving her to be raised by family friends. The show will use her life story as a sort of outline, and base its fictional narrative on a successful corporate attorney, played by Guererro, who starts taking on pro bono cases for undocumented immigrants after it is revealed that she is child of deported parents. In real life, Guerrero has been heavily involved in the immigration conversation. Last year she was designated as a White House ambassador for citizenship and naturalization, and she has done work the organizations Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, which both advocate for increased civic engagement among Latinos.

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