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Fronteras: Legal Aid For Asylum Seekers & Sharing Food Culture Through Community Gardens

On Fronteras:

  • A San Antonio-based nonprofit steps up to assist asylum seekers and refugees going through the appeals process in immigration court (00:15).
  • Refugees making their new homes in Texas share their food culture through community gardens (16:38).

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Tim Patton, attorney and executive director of the Appellate Immigration Project

‘We Believe In The Mission. It’s Truly Life Or Death’

Many people seeking asylum in the U.S. cross at the southern border and turn themselves in to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to have their cases heard by an immigration judge.

An individual who was denied asylum will need to appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals to prove their case is meritorious. Or, if the judge ruled in favor of asylum, the Department of Homeland Security will appeal for removal on behalf of the government.

The Appellate Immigration Project is a San Antonio-based nonprofit providing legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers free of charge.

Attorney Tim Patton, executive director of the Appellate Immigration Project, joins us on Fronteras to talk about the individuals he assists.

Credit Megan Zerez for KERA News
Culantro is an herb popular in Southeast Asia and South America. It has a similar taste to cilantro, but grows better in hot, humid climates.

From Seeds In Their Pocket To Food On Your Table, Refugees Bring Tastes Of Home To Texas

Of the refugees who enter the U.S., many end up in Texas. And these refugees bring along their traditions, including their local cuisine.

Megan Zerez reports the refugees are literally growing new traditions in community gardens throughout Dallas, while helping shape the city's culture.


Norma Martinez can be reached by email at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1


Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter at @NormDog1