Houston Matters

Marking World Refugee Day as Texas Sees Less Resettlement

Posted on · Saturday (June 17, 2017) is World Refugee Day Houston. We learn about how the day will be marked here, from two people involved in organizing it: Selene Escalera, co-chair of Houston World Refugee Day, and Elena Korbut with Interfaith Ministries. And we talk about the current state of refugee resettlement in the region — amid […]

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Is Texas Racist? And the Endless 290 Construction Project: Tuesday’s Show (June 13, 2017)

Posted on · Since March, three different Texas voting laws have been struck down by the courts as intentionally discriminatory. And the Texas Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 4, the so-called "sanctuary cities ban," which many immigrants rights' groups are concerned will lead to racial profiling. That string of news got us wondering – is Texas racist? Does […]

Houston Matters

Refugees Farming to Make a Living Wage

Posted on · Plant It Forward Farms is a Houston based non-profit that aims to employ refugees through an urban farmer program that teaches refugees how to make a living wage from farming an acre of land. Plant It Forward Farms’ success caught the eye of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain and was featured on the show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts […]

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New Police and Fire Chiefs In Houston, Pearl Harbor, and Full Menu: Wednesday’s Show (December 7, 2016)

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently published an investigative piece looking at how a patient's suicide at The Menninger Clinic points to larger problems in transparency with mental health clinics and hospitals. We talk with Mike Hixenbaugh with The Houston Chronicle about his report Also this hour…

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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 […]

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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 […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Refugee Retreat and Shell Leaving Downtown: The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in […]

Politics

Gov. Abbott: Texas Will Halt Aid To Refugees Resettling In The State

Posted on · Texas will become the third state to pull out of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program over security concerns. The move won’t prevent refugees from coming to Texas, but it will force non-governmental organization to bear the cost of providing them with critical services.