Weekly Roundup

How Hollow Rhetoric and a Broken Child Welfare System Feed Texas’ Sex-Trafficking Underworld, The Texas Tribune

Eighty-six percent of missing children suspected of being forced into sex work came from the child welfare system, national data show, and a state-funded study estimated that the vast majority of young victims in Texas had some contact with Child Protective Services. Interviews with law enforcement and child advocates around the state tell a similar story.

Texas Teachers Advising Students of Immigration Rights, The Houston Chronicle

A group of Texas educators is taking teaching beyond the classroom – and touching on a hot button issue.

Teachers in Austin’s school district have taken to providing information to students on what to do if immigration enforcement agents arrive at their homes or try to question them.

Education Austin, a labor group, has given 3,000 members multiple documents, including fliers with explanations of what to say, what not to say and what to do if an immigration agent wants to question students.

Confusion, Misery, Worry: The Immigration Ban in Texas, The Austin Chronicle

America remains a refuge for those escaping peril in their home countries. On Monday, Feb. 6, volunteers turned out at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to welcome a family of migrants. They were the first Syrians to resettle in Texas since the federal courts issued a stay on President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. Yet as the legal battle continues, charities and businesses struggle to make sense of who is and isn’t allowed to enter the country.

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