Houston Matters

Resettling Afghan Refugees In Houston (Aug. 20, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: A COVID update from the city's health authority, the process of resettling Afghan refugees in Houston, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, and how a local teacher used dance videos to help him connect with students – and went viral in the process.

The Afghanistan Withdrawal

An Afghan Interpreter Is On The Run From The Taliban. A Houston Veterans Group Says His Former Employer Won’t Help

Posted on · The interpreter is unable to get the visa he needs to come to the U.S. because his former employer, U.S. security contractor DynCorp, refuses to correct a mistake in his paperwork about how long he worked for the company, according to those trying to help him.

Houston Matters

Daily Hospitalizations Hit A New Record At The Medical Center (Aug. 18, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The head of the Texas Medical Center on the fourth wave of COVID-19, the week in politics, former astronaut Scott Kelly on spending a year in space, and a new film shot in Houston called Playing God.

The Afghanistan Withdrawal

These Girls Represented A New Hope For Afghanistan. Now They Are ‘Left To The Wolves’

Posted on · For the past six years, the American NGO Ascend has helped Afghani girls train to become mountain climbers. To many, they represented a new hope for women in Afghanistan. Now the NGO is working desperately to help them escape the Taliban.

Immigration

Family Of Afghan Interpreter Killed By The Taliban Talks U.S. Arrival And What’s Next

Posted on · In a sit-down interview with Houston Public Media, the family of an Afghan interpreter killed by the Taliban talk about the dangers they faced over the last 10 years, the bittersweet relief of finally living in the U.S., and what's next for the family in a new country.

Immigration

After 10-Year Wait, Family Of Slain Afghan U.S. Military Interpreter Arrives In Houston

Posted on · The family's long-awaited arrival is bittersweet, since their father and husband was murdered by the Taliban in January 2021. The family's plight highlights the life-threatening consequences of the lengthy Special Immigrant Visa process for Afghan and Iraqi interpreters aiding the U.S. military.

Immigration

Family Of Slain Afghan U.S. Military Interpreter Headed To Houston After 10-Year Visa Delay

Posted on · The Mohammed family case highlights the deadly cost of long visa wait times for Afghan and Iraqi war interpreters and others who have served alongside the U.S. military. Some 18,000 Afghan families have pending visa applications to come to the United States, as they live in life-threatening conditions.