Republic series 'Destination: USA' spotlights struggles of migrants en route to the US

Published: Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 12:28pm
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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.

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