An essay on why Central Americans are fleeing their home countries

In 2014, thousands of unaccompanied children and women from Central America sought safety in the United States, specifically finding sanctuary in Texas. More than 10,622 unaccompanied children and 16,329 adults with children were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in June alone last summer. The asylum-seekers primarily come from three countries- Guatemala, El…

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Art Provides Hope for Asylum Seekers at ICE Facilities in Texas

The state of Texas is home to 11 detention facilities for immigrants who have entered the United States. Many of these immigrants are women with small children, running from situations in their Central American home countries that put their safety at risk. Some attempt to sneak past Immigration and Customs…

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San Antonio welcomes Central American refugees

Tucked alongside I-10 in the busy city of San Antonio sits a picturesque building: the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio. Mary Grace Ketner, the church liaison since 2009, is no stranger to both the San Antonio area as well as an advocacy issue that is panning across the…

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Forward with fear: Telling better stories

We are all scared of something. Some of our fears are easily explained, like deadly spider bites or the open ocean or piercing needles. But sometimes, fear is a bit more complicated. I have always dreamed of being a writer. Even before I began to grow up, before I tried…

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Family residential center remains mystery to local Karnes City community

Every so often, in every community, an enigma rises to the surface. Living unassumingly in the quiet of a small town or the manicured lawns of suburbia, a mystery neighbor lurks suspiciously out of sight of weary peers. Residents know little, see little and hear only gossip. Sometimes, this character is endearing.…

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Children on the Edge has changed me; maybe it will change you too

I am excited to be working with VoiceBox Media in their “Children On the Edge” series this fall because I can’t think of more important time to dive into the immigration topic head first. Not only will this series help me come next November, but I believe it will help…

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Central American migrants underrepresented in court

What happens when war, broken families and a spike in illegal border crossings combine? For the 110,000 children and families apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border last summer, the result is back logged immigration cases, some with court dates as far out as 2019, and some that have been cancelled altogether.…

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