immigration

HPPR People
8:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Dodge City Mom fights to stay in U.S.

Vanessa poses with her oldest son on his high school graduation day. If deported, Vanessa said she would not force her children to move with her to Mexico, "It's a scary place full of violence," She said.
Credit dodgeglobe.com

Vanessa Melendez was six years old when she arrived in the United States.  She doesn’t remember much about her life before in Mexico.  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 Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Bill would require counting and reporting undocumented public school students in Kansas

State Rep. Allan Rothlisberg, R-Grandview Plaza
Credit jcpost.com

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 reported the Lawrence Journal-World.  

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse

Binh Hua (left) and My Nguyen, both 18, work in the Garden City Community College chemistry lab. The two best friends graduated from high school in three years and after community college, plan to go on to universities.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

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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.

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.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas

Sister Janice Thome at a local Garden City school. Thome teaches several classes, including a teen parenting class at the Garden City alternative high school.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.

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.

This day, Thome is teaching her teen parenting class at the alternative high school.

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Harvest Public Media story
6:15 am
Mon October 28, 2013

In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: Noel, MO Schools build safety net for immigrant children

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

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NOEL, MO - 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.

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.

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Immigration
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Texas: Immigrant Population Growing, Migration Routes Changing

Credit CBP Photography

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 Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. 

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Harvest Public Media field note
9:14 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed

Sister Janice Thome in her other office at a Garden City school
Credit Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

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.  Fittingly, one of her first contacts was Sister Janice Thome who provided a ground-level orientation to the community.  Here is Peggy’s first field note featuring Sister Janice.

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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.

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Kansas' Hispanic voters: opportunity for state's Democrats

Juan Sepulveda, senior advisor for Hispanic Affairs for the Democratic National Committee
Credit 215mag.com

Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the population in Kansas. Nationally their voting influence is being felt, as reported by the Wichita Eagle.  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 complete profile of eligible Hispanic voters in Kansas prepared by Pew Research.

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Immigration
8:01 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Immigration Reform: Up Close and Personal in SW Kansas

Mexican immigrant Cornelius Peters is consoled by his immigration lawyer Michael Feltman after finding out his father had just died in Mexico. Peters has been working on becoming a resident for 13 years but, in the meantime, couldn’t visit his family in Mexico.
Credit Fernando Salaza / The Wichita Eagle

People value hard work in SW Kansas.  In an area where the unemployment rate is significantly below the national average, workers are needed.  The Wichita Eagle gave a glimpse into the struggles of being an immigrant.   

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Two exhibits on until Sept 1
8:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Immigration stories, caricatures and stereotypes at the Stauth Museum

"Welcome to All!" (Puck, April 28, 1880) This cartoon reflects the welcome extended to immigrants of the 1880s and America as a land of refuge. The sign to the left of Uncle Sam reads: "Free education, free land, free speech, free ballot, free lunch."
Artist: J. Keppler Michigan State University Museum, Appel Collection

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 Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma KS.  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 M.J.

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Demographics
8:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Immigration Destination: Garden City, Kansas Over L.A.?

Garden City, Kansas Welcome Sign
Credit wikimedia.org

Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Miami are no longer the immigration points for Hispanics and Latinos coming to the United States.  Kansas State University recently reported new patterns have developed.  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. 

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Refugees find home on the farm

At Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, Iowa, Bel Chhetri (in foreground) works the land with his grandparents and a friend. They emigrated from Nepal.
Credit Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media

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.

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Harvest Public Media story
1:02 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan

Grover Norquist

An unlikely coalition of business and social interests tried last year to get the legislature to establish a state program that would help ag businesses hire undocumented workers and let them legally stay in the state. Conservative lightning rod Grover Norquist – more known for his anti-tax crusades than his immigration beliefs – endorsed the plan during a speech in Topeka this week. He likened current U-S immigration law to the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit enacted in the 70s. Norquist says most people broke that law, too.

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High Plains History Episode
6:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Mexican Immigrants Influence Southwest Kansas Community

Garden City has prospered by the labor, customs, and culture of hardworking immigrants from Old Mexico.