immigration

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he supports President-elect Donald Trump’s claim that millions of illegal votes were cast in the election.

Courtesy Claudia Amaro

Local activist and educator Claudia Amaro says people in Wichita's Latino community have concerns with the Trump administration being in power next year. After last week's presidential election, Amaro says she is hearing from the community. She says kids have talked about being bullied at schools, parents are wondering whether to rethink buying a home here, and that there's more talk about a wall being built along the U.S.-Mexico border. The wall is something that Kansas Secretary of State...

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When Don Stull first heard the news that the FBI had foiled a domestic terrorism plot in Garden City, Kansas, aimed at the city’s Somalis, he thought: oh, no. “It was so unlike the Garden City that I know,” he says. Stull, a retired University of Kansas anthropology professor, has been studying Garden City for 30 years. On Friday, the FBI announced that it had arrested three men for planning to blow up truck bombs around an apartment where the city’s Somalis live, promising a “bloodbath” in a...

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Updated Monday, 3:30 p.m.: The three men accused of plotting to attack Somali Muslim immigrants in Garden City made their first appearance in court Monday. The defendants appeared before federal court Judge Gwynne Birzer at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Wichita. Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein are each charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. They were arrested last week in connection with an alleged plot to bomb a...

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been helping craft the party platform at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The GOP delegate had some significant influence on the document. The platform is a series of policy idea and goals drafted by party officials that will be presented to the full GOP convention next week. Kobach pushed to include a provision saying the U.S. should build a wall on the full border with Mexico. At first there was talk that a wall could be something...

National WIC Association

The Sedgwick County Commission brought a controversial resolution back for a vote on Wednesday.

KPTS

The Sedgwick County Commission tabled a resolution Wednesday that would have asked the state to withhold benefits from undocumented immigrants, saving resources for lawful citizens of the county. The resolution asked for the state to revise a law that allows undocumented immigrants to get in-state tuition at state colleges and universities if they have gone to school in Kansas for three years and have pursued a path to legal status. The document also asks that the state Department of Health...

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The Sedgwick County Commission will put forth a resolution at Wednesday's meeting requesting that the state take action against benefits for undocumented immigrants.

Kansas State University

Kansas State University has been awarded a federal grant to help get more eligible children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. The “Connecting Kids to Coverage” grant is almost a million dollars. K-State plans to target Latino and immigrant children in four rural counties in the state. They’ll use bilingual ambassadors to help enroll kids at schools and health centers. The Kansas grant is part of $32 million provided through a recently enacted bill to...

Esther Honig / Harvest Public Media

After crossing the border from Mexico, tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants were resettled in the U.S. while they await immigration proceedings. While many young immigrants now live in big cities like Houston and Los Angeles, thousands were placed in rural towns. Reporting for Harvest Public Media, Esther Honig traveled to a rural community in western Kansas, where she found young immigrants struggling for security. In the small, rural city of Liberal, Kansas, a neighborhood of...

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