Fronteras Desk
2:09 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Unique New Congresswoman From Arizona Prepares For National Stage

Kyrsten Sinema, who was homeless for a time growing up, is headed to Congress, and another Arizona lawmaker, Ann Kirkpatrick, is returning to Washington in January after sitting out a term. Some people returning to Mexico are still facing economic struggles in their home country. Also, we report Mexico has its own population of people living in the shadows.



Some Returning Mexicans Still Facing Economic Struggles


Immigration to the United States has slowed in the last three years as a result of the economic recession, and some migrants are even choosing to go back home. In Mexico, the economy is growing, but that growth isn't happening in a sector that offers hope for returning migrants. Mónica Ortiz Uribe reports.


**This story was produced in collaboration with reporter Lilián Lopez and Round Earth Media’s Mexico reporting project.


Kirkpatrick Walks Political Balance Beam


She won. She lost. She won again. Ann Kirkpatrick will represent Arizona's 1st congressional district when she returns to Washington in January after sitting out a term. As a Democrat in a conservative western district, she has a tricky balancing act.  From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.


Kyrsten Sinema Prepares For National Stage


This January Arizona will send a very different type of Congresswoman to Washington.  Democrat Kyrsten  Sinema  is a social worker who rose quickly through the state legislature. She also grew up homeless for a time. From the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, Peter O’Dowd has this profile.


Mexicans Also Living in the Shadows in Mexico


Millions of undocumented migrants live a shadow existence in the United States—they can’t vote in elections or enjoy other benefits of citizenship -- but it may come as a surprise that south of the border, Mexico has a shadow population of its own.


They are Mexicans who never got a formal birth certificate and are technically invisible in their own country. They can't get a school diploma or practice a profession. Reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe traveled to southern Mexico where this problem is at its worst.

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