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And Then There was Joy on the Border – for Once

And Then There was Joy on the Border – for Once

A few months ago, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I was reading a book and wondering if it would ever, ever rain again in Brownsville. In this arid land, some older people believe that rainfall is a measure of the quality of dialogue between God and God’s creatures. I was convinced that someone in this [...]
How Can Authorities Thwart Migrants if Poverty Exists?CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) — Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will keep up the raids. A federal police officer said his group was told [...]
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Migrants Denied Fair Legal Access, Lawyers SayALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don’t have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children. [...]
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A Gift for the Kids From HondurasThe children from Central America continue to find their way to our southern border. There are fewer of the young people than a few weeks ago. But then again, this is the hottest time of the year, the worst time to cross Mexico. The situation has politicians in a huff. The more mean-spirited among them [...]
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Racial Diversity Receives Boost With Court ApprovalAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas can continue using race as a factor in undergraduate admissions as a way of promoting diversity on campus, the latest in an ongoing case that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court last year only to be sent back [...]
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U.S. Court: Young Immigrants in Ariz. Can Receive LicensesPHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya is one of nearly 19,000 young immigrants in Arizona who has been allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Obama administration’s deferred action policy, but the benefits of the program in the state have been limited. As Montoya applies for teaching jobs, she considers herself competitively disadvantaged because Arizona [...]
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Unaccompanied Kids at Border: ‘Nuisance’ or Blessing?On Christmas Eve, 1991, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. I was at Casa Romero, a hospitality center for refugees set up by the Diocese of Brownsville in response to a massive number of Central Americans fleeing violence by heading north to the United States. Because I had some time before we were supposed to [...]
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Ariz. Official: Sorry for Calling Food Stamp Users ‘Lazy Pigs’PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist. Huppenthal was barely composed from the beginning of the packed [...]
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Residents in Texas: Wage Theft Hurts Working FamiliesWhen President Obama begins the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, attendees should ask if the leader of our country will actually try to “better support working” people by combating wage theft, which is when earnings are owed but employers withhold or deny them. It is one of the most common labor [...]
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New Mexico Tribal Families: Thriving in ‘Our Own Ways’New Mexico is a rural state. We are 121,356 square miles large. Approximately one-third of our population lives in rural communities. Our Tribal lands are found in rural New Mexico. For working families, living in rural communities and on Tribal lands present unique challenges not face by our urban counterparts. Many of us live in [...]
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