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 […]

Immigration advocates push Biden to not just bring back DACA but expand it

BY: - November 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate an Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to not just be reaffirmed but expanded, and written […]

Latino Kansans work to fill Spanish-speaking news media and information gap

BY: - November 15, 2020

TOPEKA — While living in Wichita, Claudia Amaro has twice jumped in to remedy the striking lack of critical information getting out to the local Latino community, launching first a Spanish-language newspaper and later a radio program. Research indicates a gap between growing Latino populations and the number of Spanish-language or bilingual media sources available […]

Immigration agency cuts of 800 Kansas City jobs expected to trigger backlogs, delays nationwide

BY: - September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress from the Kansas City region scored a victory last month when a federal immigration agency backed off plans that would have led to thousands of layoffs of government employees in the metro area. But their relief was short lived, as the agency now intends to furlough 800 of its local […]

Former Secretary of State Kris Kobach received endorsements from 10 county sheriffs in his quest for the GOP nomination for attorney general. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kris Kobach not banking on Trump endorsement in U.S. Senate race

BY: - July 27, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate Kris Kobach says he can't count on a last-minute endorsement from President Trump to carry him to victory in the GOP primary.

Samuel Dermas Habtemariam, a refugee from Eritrea, is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas. Resettlement agencies that help individuals like Habtermariam are strained by major cuts to the number of refugees being admitted to the United States and the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

Kansas refugee programs struggle as funding, resettlements dwindle

BY: - July 25, 2020

Samuel Dermas Habtemariam came to Wichita as a refugee of the East African country Eritrea with a PhD in teaching English in a foreign language, but even with such relevant education, he needed help navigating unfamiliar terrain. Habtemariam, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas, came to the United States after spending 10 years […]