immigration http://hppr.org en Dodge City Mom fights to stay in U.S. http://hppr.org/post/dodge-city-mom-fights-stay-us <p></p><p>Vanessa Melendez was six years old when she arrived in the United States.&nbsp; She doesn’t remember much about her life before in Mexico.&nbsp; The Dodge City resident does remember being a teenager and discovering she was in the U.S. illegally when she applied for her first job according to a recent article from the <a href="http://www.dodgeglobe.com/article/20140531/News/140539880#ixzz33t1ksiPh">Dodge City Daily Globe.</a></p><p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32863 at http://hppr.org Dodge City Mom fights to stay in U.S. Bill would require counting and reporting undocumented public school students in Kansas http://hppr.org/post/bill-would-require-counting-and-reporting-undocumented-public-school-students-kansas <p></p><p>State Rep. Allan Rothlisberg, R-Grandview Plaza recently filed a bill requiring the state to count and report how many undocumented children are in Kansas public schools <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/jan/28/bill-filed-would-require-compiling-number-children/">reported the Lawrence Journal-World</a>. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 27533 at http://hppr.org Bill would require counting and reporting undocumented public school students in Kansas Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse http://hppr.org/post/dreaming-beyond-slaughterhouse <p></p><p>Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.</p><p>The teacher calls the class to order, calling the students “Busters,” short for “Broncbusters,” the college’s mascot and a reminder of this old West town’s history of raising cattle. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 23662 at http://hppr.org Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas http://hppr.org/post/garden-city-tending-cultural-crossroads-kansas <p><strong>GARDEN CITY, Kan.</strong> — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.</p><p>Thome puts 125,000 miles a year on this car, picking up boxes from the food pantry, finding a mattress for a newcomer, delivering a sick soul to a doctor’s appointment. All the while, she fields emergency calls on her flip phone, responding to her mission to serve the poor of Garden City, out on the plains of southwest Kansas.</p><p>This day, Thome is teaching her teen parenting class at the alternative high school.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe 23592 at http://hppr.org Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: Noel, MO Schools build safety net for immigrant children http://hppr.org/post/shadows-slaughterhouse-noel-mo-schools-build-safety-net-immigrant-children <p><strong>NOEL, MO</strong> - It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.</p><p>One student in a bright blue T-shirt – 9-year-old Isac Martinez – has not yet picked up his pencil. He’s clearly sick. When McPherson asks him what’s wrong, Isac’s small voice is barely audible in between coughs. He says he threw up four times last night but did not go to a doctor. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:15:13 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 23526 at http://hppr.org In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: Noel, MO Schools build safety net for immigrant children Texas: Immigrant Population Growing, Migration Routes Changing http://hppr.org/post/texas-immigrant-population-growing-migration-routes-changing <p></p><p>Texas has one of the largest populations of “unauthorized” immigrants in the nation, and it is the only state that didn’t have a significant drop as did California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York according to data <a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/09/23/population-decline-of-unauthorized-immigrants-stalls-may-have-reversed/">Pew Research Center</a>’s Hispanic Trends Project.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 22068 at http://hppr.org Texas: Immigrant Population Growing, Migration Routes Changing Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed http://hppr.org/post/sister-janice-garden-city-helping-any-way-needed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harvest Public Media reporter Peggy Lowe has been visiting Garden City working on a series of stories profiling “meat packing towns” and their economic, social and cultural life and challenges.&nbsp; Fittingly, one of her first contacts was Sister Janice Thome who provided a ground-level orientation to the community.&nbsp; Here is Peggy’s first field note featuring Sister Janice.</span></p><p>---------</p><p>The billboards that dot the long gray line of Interstate 70 west from Kansas City tried to lure me to tourist towns that promised Wild West shows, lots of sunflowers and even an Oz Winery.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 06:14:17 +0000 Peggy Lowe 21971 at http://hppr.org Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed Kansas' Hispanic voters: opportunity for state's Democrats http://hppr.org/post/kansas-hispanic-voters-opportunity-states-democrats <p></p><p>Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the population in Kansas.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nationally their voting influence is being felt, as reported by the&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/08/18/2949614/demofest-puts-a-spotlight-on-hispanics.html">Wichita Eagle</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, only 37% of the Hispanic population in Kansas were eligible to vote in 2012 compared to 77% of the state’s white population, according to a </span><a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2012/10/01/latinos-in-the-2012-election-kansas/" style="line-height: 1.5;">complete profile</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of eligible Hispanic voters in Kansas prepared by Pew Research.</span></p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 20426 at http://hppr.org Kansas' Hispanic voters: opportunity for state's Democrats Immigration Reform: Up Close and Personal in SW Kansas http://hppr.org/post/immigration-reform-close-and-personal-sw-kansas <p>People value hard work in SW Kansas.&nbsp; In an area where the unemployment rate is significantly below the national average, workers are needed.&nbsp; <strong><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/08/10/2935902/many-in-kansas-anxiously-await.html">The Wichita Eagle</a></strong> gave a glimpse into the struggles of being an immigrant.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 20135 at http://hppr.org Immigration Reform: Up Close and Personal in SW Kansas Immigration stories, caricatures and stereotypes at the Stauth Museum http://hppr.org/post/immigration-stories-caricatures-and-stereotypes-stauth-museum <p>Two traveling exhibits, one featuring personal stories of Kanas’ immigration history and the other the role of caricature and stereotype in forming American values and attitudes about immigration, are now on exhibit at the <a href="http://www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org/index.php" target="_blank">Stauth Memorial Museum</a> in Montezuma KS.&nbsp; As part of the exhibition, a presentation and discussion on “Ethnic Labor and Small Towns on the Rock Island Rail Line” will be led by <a href="http://www.k-state.edu/history/chapman/staff.html" target="_blank">M.J. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Quentin Hope 19906 at http://hppr.org Immigration stories, caricatures and stereotypes at the Stauth Museum Immigration Destination: Garden City, Kansas Over L.A.? http://hppr.org/post/immigration-destination-garden-city-kansas-over-la <p>Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Miami are no longer the immigration points for Hispanics and Latinos coming to the United States.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/jul13/rural72213.html"><strong>Kansas State University</strong></a> recently reported new patterns have developed.&nbsp; Matthew Sanderson, associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University, is studying why rural areas, particularly southwest Kansas, have experienced large increases in Hispanic immigration.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 19207 at http://hppr.org Immigration Destination: Garden City, Kansas Over L.A.? Refugees find home on the farm http://hppr.org/post/refugees-find-home-farm <p></p><p>On a small farm in suburban West Des Moines, Iowa, even the barn is a refugee—an historic structure relocated from nearby Valley High School. The farmers, most of them refugees, are just starting to hoe the land, each one working a 50-foot by 50-foot plot where they’ll grow corn, beans, cabbage, eggplant, onions, tomatoes and peppers.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 17053 at http://hppr.org Refugees find home on the farm Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan http://hppr.org/post/grover-norquist-endorses-kansas-immigration-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unlikely coalition of business and social interests tried last year to get the legislature to establish a state program that would help </span>ag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> businesses hire undocumented workers and let them legally stay in the state. Conservative lightning rod Grover </span>Norquist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – more known for his anti-tax crusades than his immigration beliefs – endorsed the plan during a speech in Topeka this week. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:02:03 +0000 Peggy Lowe 11198 at http://hppr.org Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan Mexican Immigrants Influence Southwest Kansas Community http://hppr.org/post/mexican-immigrants-influence-southwest-kansas-community <p>Garden City has prospered by the labor, customs, and culture of hardworking immigrants from Old Mexico.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:24:09 +0000 Quentin Hope 6302 at http://hppr.org Mexican Immigrants Influence Southwest Kansas Community