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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 lower numbers being […]

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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 […]

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Why is Houston A Top Destination for the World’s Refugees?

Posted on · According to the Refugee Resettlement Program of Texas, last year the Lone Star state took in more than seven thousand refugees; more than two thousand found their way to Houston. Such refugees, persecuted in their homeland, have been given legal entrance to the United States. They come from homes they didn’t really want to leave, but […]

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Refugees, Rockets on the Brink, and Pest Control: Houston Matters for Monday, April 28, 2014

Posted on · According to the Refugee Resettlement Program of Texas, last year the Lone Star state took in more than seven thousand refugees; more than two thousand found their way to Houston. Such refugees, persecuted in their homeland, have been given legal entrance to the United States. They come from homes they didn’t really want to leave, […]