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Legal Aid Group Helping Minors In San Antonio Navigate Immigration System

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Some of the JBSA-Lackland dorms where hundreds of children are currently living.

On Fronteras: Tens of thousands of Central American children are waiting to see how the country will respond to their immigration cases. We hear from an organization helping these minors in San Antonio navigate the complex immigration legal system. Summer time can mean fun in the great outdoors, but everything doesn’t always go as planned. On the show, a story of friendship and teamwork that began during a flash flood at a Texas river.

Legal Aid Group Helping Immigrant Minors in San Antonio

More than 1,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America continue to be temporarily housed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is helping these minors navigate the complex U.S. immigration system. RAICES Executive Director Jonathan Ryan spoke to Fronteras host Crystal Chavez. Ryan says his office is in its fifth week of providing legal services at Lackland.

More San Diego Refugee Girls Are College Bound, Flipping The Cultural Script

Young men and women all over are beginning to pack up their childhood bedrooms to head off to college. But for many Somali refugee girls, they’re breaking ties with more than just the comforts of home. They’re breaking cultural norms. Speak City Heights reporter Megan Burks looks at a rapid cultural shift that has Somali girls outpacing their male counterparts.

Close Calls: A River Rescue In Texas

On Memorial Day, two fathers and their four sons woke up to find their canoes swept away in a flash flood on the Pecos River in West Texas. Other campers were also pinned down in a spectacular setting bounded by jagged canyons and high desert.

In this installment of the Fronteras series called Close Calls, Marfa Public Radio's Lorne Matalon reports on a story of teamwork and friendship that began in a flash flood in the middle of the night.

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.