All across the Southwest, from the long, arid stretches of southern California to the badlands of Utah, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, persistent pockets of poverty have been exacerbated by a messy tangle of bad economic and immigration policy. Pictured here, roadside in Dennehotso, Apache County, New Mexico where the population of just 746 and a 43.2% of those live below the poverty level. Today on MSNBC we launch the latest chapter reporting on the Southwest called Dark Valley: Life in the Shadows from our on going report, The Geography of Poverty: A Journey Through Forgotten America by photographer @mattblack_blackmatt and reporter Trymaine Lee. You can check out this important and moving project at www.msnbc.com/geographyofpoverty (link in profile). #geographyofpoverty #poverty #incomeinequality #economy #america #Dennehotso #Apache #NewMexico #southwest #waronpoverty #msnbc #msnbcphoto @mattblack_blackmatt @magnumphotos @magnumfoundation @pulitzercenter @economichardship
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