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How Houston Groups are Responding to the Issue of Undocumented Children Entering the US

Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults. The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and volunteers […]

Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults.

The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and volunteers to assist, as these children are processed. Federal officials recently toured a vacant HISD middle school as a potential temporary shelter. But some area communities oppose such assistance. The League City Council recently passed a resolution banning undocumented children from being housed there.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the impact of immigrant-based local ordinances with Jeronimo Cortina, an Assistant Professor in the University of Houston’s Department of Political Science.

Then, we learn the latest about the refugees, as well as ongoing efforts to secure the border, as we talk with Pedro Rojas, National Correspondent for Univision News Network for the Texas Region. He’s been traveling along the border for the past week.

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