1:15 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Refugee Story, Part 4: Learning And Growing

Refugee families, along with volunteers from Green Spaces Alliance, build the CIELO Gardens at House of Prayer Lutheran Church.
Catholic Charities

Although a few foreign refugees come from cities where they had sophisticated education opportunities, many lived in remote areas where there were no schools, or in refugee camps where they may have received sporadic education.

Most are immersed in an irrelevant environment when they come here -- obstacles like speaking English, taking the bus, even learning to work in an American kitchen can be challenging.

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10:21 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Refugee Story, Part 3: Educating Refugee Children

It's back to basics for newcomer children who are learning to speak, read, and write English in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Of the more than 10,000 refugees living in San Antonio, 80 percent are women and children and the high influx of students presents unique challenges for educators.

In the third part of her series, "The Refugee Story: Building New Lives," TPR’s Eileen Pace examines the dynamics of teaching a large population of students who arrive in the U.S. with diverse languages and skills.

“Yes, Barack will do that last one,” Colonies North Elementary teacher Sara Aguirre tells her students as she points to a classroom exercise on nouns and verbs.

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The Source - December 19, 2013
11:59 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Source: Refugees in San Antonio | 2014 Economic Forecasts

As Hisham Batar, a former refugee himself, points out--the new arrivals never stop coming.
Eileen Pace

In the first  segment:

This week our reporter Eileen Pace has brought you several stories on the refugee community here in San Antonio.  From their resettlement to building new lives, to their children going to school, she has mapped what the experience is for people who leave war-torn countries for the promise of something better.  Pace joins us along with District 8 council member Ron Nirenberg and Northside Independent School District officials to talk about the institutions helping them.

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2:27 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Refugee Story, Part 2: Finding Opportunity

As Hisham Batar, a former refugee himself, points out--the new arrivals never stop coming.
Eileen Pace

Almost 10,000 refugees have arrived in San Antonio over the past decade, many of whom might otherwise have died in their home countries or in refugee camps.

Although many come without a command of English, or job skills, there are stories of hope among the new arrivals.

The civilian death toll from the Sudanese Civil War was one of the highest since World War II.  The government forced boys into battle, so Hisham Batar fled his home country in 1992.

“I was about 16 years [old] at the time. I escaped from my country. I went to Egypt and from Egypt, I went to India.”

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1:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Refugee Story: Building New Lives

Colonies North Elementary teacher Patti Enriquez guides her Kindergarten and 1st grade "Newcomer Class" in learning the days of the week in English. Colonies North is NISD's target school for young refugee students.
Eileen Pace

CORRECTION, 12/19/13: The stricken statement below regarding Texas's ranking among states that take in refugees is incorrect.

Texas is home to more refugees from strife-torn countries than any other state, and San Antonio takes in more than any other city in Texas.  TPR's  Eileen Pace examines the scope of the refugee influx to our city, and the ways San Antonio manages the new populations in our series, “The Refugee Story: Building New Lives.”

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Fronteras Desk
1:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Want Inclusion In Immigration Reform

William Wood and Jesus Rodriguez married recently with the hope that a change in federal law will allow Wood, a U.S. citizen, to petition for legal residency for Rodriguez, who is undocumented.
Adrian Florido Fronteras


Fronteras: Gay and lesbian activists are fighting to be included as U.S. immigration reform takes shape. The new Somali president has called for Somali refugees in the U.S. to return to their homeland and help rebuild the nation. Will young Somalis heed his call? We look at a new university housing model in New Mexico for student veterans. Also, we get the scoop on this year's CineFestival, which spotlights Latino films in San Antonio.

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