immigration

Education
4:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Groups Claim New Orleans Schools Discourage Immigrant Enrollment

More than half of New Orleans public schools require registration forms that could discourage undocumented students from enrolling. That's according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and VAYLA New Orleans.

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Community
8:46 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Child Migrants Settle Uneasily In The Big Easy

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:05 am

Last June, 13-year-old Yashua Cantillano and his 11-year-old brother, Alinhoel, left their uncle's home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a change of clothes in plastic bags, some snacks, water and their mother's phone number scribbled on a piece of paper.

Their guide and protector? Seventeen-year-old Sulmi Cantillano, their step-sister.

With the help of a smuggler, or coyote, Sulmi says, they got to the Mexican border city of Reynosa about 11 miles south of McAllen, Texas. They crossed the Rio Grande and turned themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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WRKF
6:29 am
Fri August 8, 2014

House Speaker Returns from U.S.-Mexico Border: "It's Very Alarming"

A Texas Highway Patrol boat on the Rio Grande in McAllen, TX.
Louisiana Governor's Office

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 8:16 am

State House Speaker Chuck Kleckley returned from a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this week. He traveled there with Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana’s state police superintendent Col. Mike Edmondson to get a first hand look at the nation’s immigration crisis, and what it could mean for Louisiana.


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The Lens
5:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

More Than 1,000 Undocumented Migrant Youth Harbored In Louisiana Homes Awaiting Trial

Credit thelensnola.org

A new investigation from the Lens looks at the case of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central American countries who are facing court proceedings in New Orleans. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 1,000 of these immigrant children have been placed in Louisiana homes. 

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Latest News
8:06 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Jindal To Visit Mexico Border With State Officials

Governor Bobby Jindal.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Governor Bobby Jindal will be joining Louisiana officials visiting the Mexican border this week.

The speaker of the Louisiana House is also going, along with top state police officials. They will receive a security briefing and a tour by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The trip starting today will be the second that Colonel Mike Edmonson has made to the McAllen area to discuss border security issues affecting Louisiana residents.

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Latest News
6:25 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Governor Jindal Wants Details On Immigrant Children In Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal is blasting President Barack Obama's administration for providing few details to Louisiana officials about the more than 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to sponsors here.
jvoves Flickr

Gov. Bobby Jindal sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday, protesting the more than 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to sponsors in Louisiana. The letter said the placement of the children in the state could have "potential negative ramifications."

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat May 31, 2014

A Taste Of Home: Finding Cultural Identity At The Table

A nine year old Polish boy shucks oysters in 1911. Of all the things newcomers bring with them to American soil, food offers a direct connection to their homelands.
Credit National Archives and Records Adminstrators\Lewis Hine

Whether they’re short trips across town or long voyages across the oceans, we all take journeys. On this week’s Louisiana Eats! we’ll speak with writers and restaurateurs about their personal quests for cultural identity.

Kim Sunee’s appetites include travel, knowledge and food. Her trip to Korea is one of the main topics she writes about in A Mouthful of Stars, which explores another dimension of Kim’s creativity: her poetry.

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Community
6:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Immigration Debate Heats Up In New Orleans As Reform Stalls In Congress

Catholic nuns held a rally at Loyola University in support of undocumented immigrants and immigration reform.
Kate Richardson WWNO

November was a busy month for local immigrant advocates. With immigration reform stalled in the House of Representatives and unlikely to pass before the end of the year, frustrations have boiled over across the country.

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Community
10:13 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Undocumented Immigrants In New Orleans Make Progress With Sheriff Gusman, Hope NOPD Will Follow Suit

Members of the Congress of Day Laborers gather to discuss issues effecting their community.
Kate Richardson WWNO

Five years ago, the Department of Homeland Security established a program that forwards local arrest records to a national immigration database. If an individual is suspected of being in the country unlawfully, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE", may ask  local law enforcement to hold the individual until officials can investigate his or her immigration status. These requests are known as ICE holds.  

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Politics
8:57 am
Thu February 7, 2013

How The Labor Movement Did A 180 On Immigration

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka leaves the White House on Tuesday after meeting with President Obama to discuss immigration policy and other issues.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 5:36 pm

The AFL-CIO begins a big push this week to build momentum for comprehensive changes to the nation's immigration laws.

But it wasn't long ago that organized labor viewed illegal workers in the U.S. as a threat — and fought against proposals that would lead to citizenship.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, referenced the labor movement's history with the immigration issue in a YouTube message to members late last year.

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