Immigrant Tales

Feds Release Separated Parents

by Thomas Breen, Paul Bass & Christine Stuart | Jul 16, 2018 12:32 pm | Comments (10)

Thomas Breen PhotoMacMillan File PhotoUpdated—In response to a landmark ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Victor Bolden, two immigrant children being held in Connecticut will be reunited with their parents.

The federal government agreed to release the parents from a detention facility in Texas, where they had been separated from their children under a short-lived Trump administration border crackdown on undocumented families.

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Hearing Reveals Migrant Kids’ Trauma

by Thomas Breen | Jul 12, 2018 8:18 am | Comments (20)

Thomas Breen PhotoBridgeport — Immigrant rights lawyers and a leading child psychiatrist from New Haven tried to convince a federal judge to reunite two traumatized migrant children in Connecticut with their parents who are in Texas.

Meanwhile, two New Haven activists helping to lead a protest outside the courthouse shared their own stories of trauma, fear and resilience as undocumented immigrants living in America.

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Trailblazers And Ceiling-Breakers Hailed At HSC Graduation

by Allan Appel | Jun 20, 2018 8:07 am

Allan Appel PhotoFour years ago Paola Morales came to New Haven from Colombia. The only English she knew was “yes” and “no” and friends communicated with her –  or tried to –  through Google Translator.

She persevered with language and more, and finished High School in the Community (HSC) a year early. She has already completed a semester of courses at the University of New Haven.

She was back Tuesday evening, wearing a white gown, and a broad smile of pride as the valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class of HSC

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Refugees Unite One Dish At A Time

by Allison Park | Jun 19, 2018 4:50 pm | Comments (4)

Allison Park PhotoZainab Al-Qaderi had a satisfied smile on her face as she presented her guests with her sweet Iraqi specialty called kanafa. The guests dug in, with their forks gently cracking the crispy outer layer of shredded phyllo dough, to reveal creamy layers of baked goodness: a filling of sweet cheese and clotted cream, with a dainty pistachio garnish. She motioned her guests towards a small jar full of syrup and urged them to drizzle the sugar-water concoction over the dish to enhance the flavor.

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