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.
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This week: Learn what happened at public hearings for the Brackenridge Park draft master plan, how residents in Dimmit County banded together to reject a family detention center in their community, the life and times of Alan Weinkrantz, and where you need to be for your Fourth of July celebration. Brackenridge Park Draft Master Plan
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
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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 CharlotteAnne Lucas on Jun 24 2015 - 9:28am
A June 24, 2015 Congressional visit investigating conditions for refugee families in private prisons in Texas culminated with a protest by dozens of women calling out in Spanish for freedom, chanting ¡Libertad!
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.
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Join neighbors and members of the Interfaith Welcome Coalition as a panel presents on the treatment of Central American refugees and the resulting impact this has on our community. https://www.facebook.com/MissionPresMigrantKids
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Did you know that our government operates “refugee camps” in South Texas to detain women and children who fled violence in Central America? Karnes is expanding from 600 to 1,200 beds and Dilley will operate 2,400 beds at full capacity. The U.S. government has labeled women and children refugees “threats to national security,” setting bonds as high as $20,000. Detentions average 5 months at Karnes, resulting in children’s weight loss and psychological stress. Come to this event to learn more, hear stories, and explore potential solutions.