At age 11, Julissa Arce came to the United States from Mexico on a visa that expired three years later. For more than a decade, she lived as an undocumented immigrant, fearful of revealing her secret to anyone. “Every phone call or email I got from human resources would make my blood run cold,” she wrote in her Modern Love essay. And when it came to love, she would lie to nearly every man she dated, fearing the threat of exposure and deportation.
On today’s episode, we hear about an undocumented immigrant’s search for love — and what it taught her about isolation and intimacy. Then, we hear from two Modern Love listeners who have kept their long-distance relationships alive during the pandemic.
For 16 years, the Modern Love column has given readers of The New York Times a glimpse into the complicated love lives of real people.
Since its launch in 2004, the column has evolved into a TV show, three books and a podcast. Now, we are excited to announce a relaunch of the podcast at The New York Times, hosted by Daniel Jones and Miya Lee.
Each week, they’ll bring you their favorite stories, conversations with the authors and a few surprises.