Republic series 'Destination: USA' spotlights struggles of migrants en route to the US
Asylum seekers have become political fodder in the debate over immigration reform in the borderlands. Just this week, Yuma has been in the headlines as another so-called “wave” of migrants arrived there this week attempting to present themselves to immigration authorities before the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program went back into effect.
Now, a new five-part series from the Arizona Republic is attempting to put a face to the crisis. The series profiles three women that journalists Rafael Carranza and the late Nick Oza met in their reporting in Nogales, Sonora: Elena Ramirez, Antonia Castillo and Josefa Ramirez. They’re from three different countries, in three different situations, but they each left their homes for the U.S. because their lives — and the lives of their children — were in danger.
The Show spoke with Carranza to learn more about the series, and they began the conversation by hearing the story of Elena, a single mother from the Mexican state of Guerrero in southern Mexico.