Immigration

New report on food insecurity in southwest Kansas indicates barriers to assistance

BY: - June 15, 2021

TOPEKA — A new report examining barriers to food access faced by many southwest Kansans shows that participation in nutrition assistance programs remained flat during the pandemic even though the need for help increased. The report by the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is focused on food insecurity in Stevens, Seward, Grant, Ford […]

On DACA anniversary, Kansas dreamer seeks permanent path to citizenship for all immigrants

BY: - June 13, 2021

TOPEKA — Esmeralda Tovar-Mora is thankful for the opportunities provided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but she wants a full path to citizenship. Tovar-Mora, 24, is one of 5,500 immigrants living in Kansas under the DACA program. Her parents brought her to Kansas in the 1990s when she was just 2 years […]

Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation

BY: - April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Standing in the same House chamber where a violent mob temporarily disrupted the certification of his victory, President Joe Biden on Wednesday heralded the country as “on the move again” as he sketched out his expansive vision for a post-pandemic America. Biden in his first address to a joint session of Congress touted quick […]

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly signed a major budget bill Monday after line-item vetoing sections approved by the Republican-led Legislature. The House and Senate return next week and could try to reverse Kelly's vetoes. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Kelly signs budget bill after eliminating 18 provisions with line-item vetoes

BY: - April 26, 2021

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly strips provisions from a $20 billion budget bill crafted by GOP-led Legislature before signing remnants into law.

Up to 100 new immigration judges would be added under Biden budget request

BY: - April 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday released a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that would increase the number of immigration judges and allocate millions in funding to clear backlogs of hearings and asylum requests. The administration is grappling with an influx of asylum seekers at the Southern border after inheriting a gutted […]

Harold Green, a Topeka concrete worker, pulls back into traffic at the Capitol to continue a lone protest about federal immigration and gun policy touted by President Joe Biden and management of the unemployment system by Gov. Laura Kelly. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Blue-collar Topekan flies U.S. flag upside down to express distress with Democrats

BY: - April 9, 2021

Topeka concrete worker Harold Green displays flags upside down to protest leadership of Democratic President Joe Biden and Gov. Laura Kelly.

As immigrant’s health deteriorates in Seward County Jail, his wife pleads for mercy

BY: - March 28, 2021

TOPEKA — Felipe Olvera Argueta was weeks away from being released from the Seward County Jail for a crime he didn’t commit when his wife in February received a distressing phone call from his attorney. The undocumented immigrant from Mexico, suffering from a mental health breakdown, had climbed a wall and destroyed some ceiling tiles. […]

After a ‘free and fair’ election in Kansas, lawmakers propose some changes to voting laws

BY: - January 16, 2021

TOPEKA — Two months out from a record-breaking general election, Secretary of State Scott Schwab expressed confidence Kansas had a free and fair election due to strong policies already in place. Schwab credited state lawmakers with enacting legislation allowing so many methods to easily cast a ballot — advance by-mail, early in-person or on Election […]

Boxes of sealed papers from an influential anti-immigrant activist have been stored at university for years. So what’s in them?

BY: - January 6, 2021

In 2016, Virginia-based immigration lawyer Hassan Ahmad sent the University of Michigan a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to access sealed papers donated to the university by John Tanton, a prominent anti-immigration activist from Michigan. But the public university denied the request until 2035.  After years of lower court battles and lawsuits, the issue […]

Roeland Park City Council votes to limit police, city cooperation with ICE

BY: - December 24, 2020

LAWRENCE — An ordinance passed this week by the Roeland Park City Council places limits on how much city officials can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement and prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s immigration status. The ordinance says city officials aren’t obligated to use any funds or resources to help federal immigration agencies, such as […]

New Kansas data set shows ICE targets thousands annually who committed no crime

BY: - December 17, 2020

TOPEKA — Thousands of people who are arrested or removed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have no criminal conviction or just a minor traffic offense, according to records compiled into a new statewide data tool made available by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas. Information sourced from the Syracuse TRAC system details the number […]

Facing financial strain, Saint Francis Ministries shuts down services for refugees

BY: - December 3, 2020

TOPEKA — Saint Francis Ministries is eliminating its support network for refugees in Kansas, citing financial strains within the organization and a desire to focus resources on foster care services. Employees learned of the decision on Nov. 20, a day after the organization fired top leadership at the conclusion of an investigation into undisclosed mismanagement […]