immigration

J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio

The University of Kansas has announced that it received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help recruit and support migrant students.

An effort to repeal a 10-year-old law that gives the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition is alive in the Legislature. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the measure remains bottled up in a committee.

Kansas is part of a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration.

The states argue in the lawsuit that the move "tramples" key portions of the U.S. Constitution.

Many Republicans are criticizing President Obama's move, which was designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation.

But Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott took it a step further. He filed a formal legal challenge in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.

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A group of students at Wichita State University are providing a helping hand to refugees who have come here to escape war, poverty or natural disasters in their home countries.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The students created a group called "Reaching Out 2 Refugees" to offer tangible support, such as clothing, furniture or toiletries, to the refugees that have resettled in the Wichita area.

WSU senior, Matt Brubaker says one lesson he’s learned is that the community has a lot of needs that go unseen.

A Pew Research Center report shows Kansas is among 14 states with a big decline in the number of immigrants who are living illegally in the United States.

The report estimates 20,000 unauthorized immigrants left Kansas between 2009 and 2012.

The Center estimates that 75,000 immigrants were living unlawfully in Kansas in 2012.

The report attributes the immigrant population decreases in states like Kansas to a decline in the number of Mexican-born immigrants.

Carla Eckels

A mural painted by Hispanic teenagers in north Wichita was discovered defaced with racist language Thursday. It was created as an expression of the immigration struggles that undocumented youth face in the American education system.

Visit our original article about the mural's creation, written last Fall.

Minjarez Armando / Courtesy photo

About a dozen high school students, called Latino Leaders, who attend Wichita South High School have created a mural near 21st and Park Place addressing the issue of immigration.

The idea came from resident artist, Armando Minjarez. He's the co-founder of The Seed House~Casa de la Semilla, a non-profit educational organization that works with various groups, including the high schoolers on this project.

Visa Trouble May Force 6 Topeka Teachers To Leave Kansas

Aug 8, 2013

Some foreign-born teachers working in Topeka may have to return to their home countries.

Topeka's school district started recruiting teachers from overseas eight years ago; the district was struggling to fill positions in special education, secondary math and science.

The U.S. Department of Labor rejected the permanent residency applications of six of those Topeka teachers. The department rejected the argument that the district encountered a shortage of qualified teachers willing to take the positions.

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