Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.



Families Separated By The Travel Ban Reunite In A Border Library

Flower pots and landscaping stones mark the international border between Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby Line, Vt. Inside the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, the border is marked by a line on the floor. Photo by Amy Kolb Noyes for VPR

A library that sits on the border between the United States and Canada is offering a solution for families separated by the travel ban. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House, in Derby Line, Vermont, and Stanstead, Quebec, is serving as a space where Iranian families can reunite.

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Native Dishes From Sudan And New Holiday Traditions in Connecticut

Fouad Dagoum, Kutti Dagoum, Bonnie Bayuk, Azhar Ahmed, and Lames Abdelrahman. Photo by Amar Batra for Connecticut Public Radio

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends and share a meal together. For many U.S. families, that means roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry, and pumpkin pie. But for some refugee families, the holiday can be a time to share native dishes and new holiday traditions.

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“They’ve Destroyed My Family” – The Story Of A Mother’s Last-Minute Deportation

Miguel Torres, whose wife Glenda Cardenas Caballero was deported in August. Photo by Diane Orson for Connecticut Public Radio

Miguel Torres said his wife’s deportation didn’t come as a complete surprise. Glenda Cardenas Caballero was undocumented and had a order of deportation from 2005. He said the family had tried for years to find a way for her to stay. “They tried to deport her three times,” he said. “But then we continued doing the appeals. We’ve been always complying with every single detail.”

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Traveling Along America’s ‘Forgotten Border’

Author Porter Fox in the Boundary Waters. Photo by Sara Fox

The northern border, and the unique landscape of the Northern United States that surrounds the border, is the subject of Porter Fox’s new book: Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border. In it, Fox details his own travels along our Northern border, a trip he made on foot, by boat and by car along the winding, often remote, U.S.-Canada border, starting in the state where he grew up, Maine.

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