Every day at the San Antonio Greyhound Bus Station and the San Antonio International Airport, you will see an amazing sight: mothers and children who have just been released from family detention centers where they were held after seeking asylum in the United States. With all their possessions in two grocery bags, they await transportation to take them to sponsors in cities across the United States. Moving among these families are volunteers from the Interfaith Welcome Coalition.
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Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Aug 27 2017 - 8:31pm
Despite a call from Congressman Lloyd Doggett asking them not to do it, immigration officials left 50 Central American women and children stranded at the San Antonio bus station on Aug. 25, 2017 as Hurricane Harvey approached the city.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Dec 6 2016 - 9:20pm
A Mennonite Church in San Antonio has become a living nativity scene, sheltering hundreds of refugee mothers and children who fled violence and poverty in Central America. Immigration officials delivered more than 500 asylum-seeking women and children to the church after a judge in Austin ruled that Texas could not license the detention centers where they were being held as child care facilities. The refugees were delivered in waves, some arriving at 2 a.m. Monday in a driving thunderstorm.
Written by jeremycash24 on Jun 29 2016 - 8:48pm
Carrizo Springs, TX -- Dimmit County Commissioners rejected a proposal from Stratton Oilfield Systems that would have turned a former “Man Camp” into a privately operated detention facility similar to those in Karnes and Dilley which are used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain asylum-seeking mothers and children. After heated opposition and even heckling from Dimmit residents and refugee advocates, Dimmit County Commissioners unanimously turned down the proposal, becoming the second Texas county in June to reject a federal family detention center.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Sep 8 2015 - 6:48pm
Catch up and get ahead with the Edge for the week of Sept. 7 Texas school funding system punishes poor districts
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Aug 26 2015 - 10:22pm
Catch up and get ahead with the Edge for the week of August 24. Congressmen call for end to family detention and private prisons
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Aug 26 2015 - 1:59pm
U.S. Representatives Lloyd Doggett (D-35) and Joaquin Castro (D-20) reiterated their call to close private prisons in Texas that are holding asylum-seeking women and children, and pledged to refuse campaign contributions from the corporations who run the prisons.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Aug 13 2015 - 8:29pm
Nearly 200 people attended an educational forum on family detention and community efforts to welcome and support asylum-seeking refugee women and children from Central America. The Aug. 19 forum at Whitley Theological Center was co-hosted by Interfaith Welcome Coalition, NOWCastSA, COPS/Metro and RAICES.
Written by Texas Tribune on Jul 29 2015 - 5:15pm
by Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune July 28, 2015 More than 2,000 undocumented women and children being held in "deplorable" conditions at federal immigration detention centers are supposed to be released under a recent federal judge's order. But how long that takes and what happens to them next remains unclear, attorneys say.
Written by Amanda Evrard on Jun 11 2015 - 4:38pm
Within hours of their release from Karnes County Correctional Center, a privately-operated prison located about 60 miles south east of San Antonio, three refugee mothers volunteered to share their stories with NOWCastSA.