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Refugee Resettlement and Uncovering Frost Town: Houston Matters Weekend for October 29, 2016

Posted on · On Sept. 30, 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on whether […]

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Documentary Seeks to Humanize Houston’s Refugee and Immigrant Residents

Posted on · The film We Are In It chronicles the lives of five immigrants and refugees who came to Houston from Burma, Togo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Mexico. It’s directed by Yehuda Sharim, a postdoctoral fellow in Jewish studies at Rice and fellow at the university’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Sharim spent more […]

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Reaction to Texas Pulling Out of the Refugee Resettlement Program

Posted on · Last week (Sept. 30, 2016), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted […]

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Refugee Resettlement: Thursday’s Show (October 6, 2016)

Posted on · ILast week (Sept. 30, 2016), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on […]

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Photo Exhibit Tells of Refugees Who Came ‘Out of Darkness’

Posted on · Houston photographer Marti Corn has a new exhibit called Out of Darkness, for which she interviewed and photographed members of Houston’s refugee community. She tells Michael Hagerty why she wanted to tell their stories. The photos and stories are on display at Redbud Gallery through June 28. MORE: Photo Exhibit Chronicles Life in Former Freedman’s Town (Houston […]

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The Legal Dispute Over Refugee Resettlement: Thursday’s Show (December 10, 2015)

Posted on · Nine more Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive here in Houston today, after U.S. District Judge David Godbey Wednesday denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request for an emergency order blocking them. Paxton submitted then withdrew a similar request last week. The Attorney General’s back-and-forth actions are not, of course, the only mixed messages coming […]