Devin Browne

Fronteras Reporter

Senior Field Correspondent Devin Browne (Phoenix) was born and raised in a small suburb of Los Angeles known nationally for its natural disasters (fires, mudslides, and earthquakes, mainly). In 2008, she moved into the heart of the city, to one of L.A.'s most bustling immigrant portals. There she launched, a site about how the American experience now starts. A more personal account of her time in MacArthur Park, living with a Mexican family, can be found on  

She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005, and later studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Her stories have aired on Marketplace, The Environment Report, and PRI's The World. She has also written for LA Weekly.

In the early 90's, President Clinton promised that the North American Free Trade Agreement would create such great jobs in Mexico that Mexicans wouldn't need to illegally immigrate here. But in the two decades since, the number of people living here illegally has nearly quadrupled. As part of our ongoing series on the 20th Anniversary of NAFTA series, Reporter Devin Browne has a story that helps explain the relationship between free trade and migration.

Negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded 20 years ago this month. The treaty's goal was to eliminate barriers to trade and investment among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. This week, the Changing America Desk will be look at what the agreement promised and where it did and did not deliver. Reporters Devin Browne and Jill Replogle begin the series by taking a trip back to the early 1990's.

Senate Bill 1070 may be Arizona’s most famous self-deportation bill, but it was not the first. Long before legislators came up with a law that would make it difficult to live in Arizona, they passed a law that made it difficult to work in Arizona. This was the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act.

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Arizona’s Attorney General’s office has asked Solicitor General Dave Cole to oversee the investigation into Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.  Babeu’s former lover -- a Mexican national -- alleges the sheriff threatened deportation when the relationship ended last year. 

PHOENIX — Pigs will probably fly in the Southwest before homebuilders stop constructing new homes here. But the types of homes people will need in the next 20 years might look very different.

We’re staying single longer. We’re having fewer children. We’re paying more for gas and utilities. Is it time to re-think the all-American suburb? Arizona State University graduate students in design and architecture think so.