refugees

Fronteras
9:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Legal Aid Group Helping Minors In San Antonio Navigate Immigration System

Some of the JBSA-Lackland dorms where hundreds of children are currently living.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

On Fronteras: Tens of thousands of Central American children are waiting to see how the country will respond to their immigration cases. We hear from an organization helping these minors in San Antonio navigate the complex immigration legal system. Summer time can mean fun in the great outdoors, but everything doesn’t always go as planned. On the show, a story of friendship and teamwork that began during a flash flood at a Texas river.

Legal Aid Group Helping Immigrant Minors in San Antonio

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Border & Immigration
10:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

From The Streets Of Honduras, A Look At What Is Driving Thousands Of Children To The U.S.

A group of American missionaries help feed the children living on the streets in Comayagüela, Honduras.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Thousands of unaccompanied children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and being apprehended at the Texas border. They are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – but Honduras is the main source.

As night seizes Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the streets of one of the capital city’s toughest neighborhoods, Comayagüela, are virtually deserted. Most people here know that it’s not safe for anyone to be caught out alone at night. This is where the killer gangs are notorious.

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Border & Immigration
12:43 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Refugee Nonprofit Says Influx Of Minors Has "Nothing To Do With Immigration Reform"

U.S. Border Patrol agents parked near the fence.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

The thousands of unaccompanied children from arriving at the Texas-Mexico border have become the latest pawns in the political battle over immigration reform, that’s according to the nonprofit Women’s Refugee Commission, who says this not a problem unique to United States.

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Border & Immigration
11:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Legal Organizations, Communities Rally To Help Minors Navigate U.S. Immigration

Poster designed for young children to learn about the U.S. immigration courts.
Jonathan Ryan RAICES

As the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into Texas continues to increase, local agencies have been stepping in to help with the care for the children.

A legal immigration assistance center has re-focused its mission to help during the crisis, and has begun serving children at Lackland and across South Texas. 

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Border & Immigration
1:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

U.S. Officials Open Doors To Lackland Barracks Housing Immigrant Children

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  On Thursday the military oversaw a media tour of the Air Force barracks at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where 1,200 immigrant children who came to the U.S. without adults are being temporarily sheltered in San Antonio.

Situated in the midst of dozens of identical military barracks where young men and women go through Air Force basic training, one building is now filled with children.

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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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