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How One Unaccompanied Minor Made Her Way To Massachusetts

Photo by Ken Lund/Flickr

Recent news reports about the U.S. government losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in its care has prompted outrage and confusion. These are children who came here as unaccompanied minors and were placed with sponsors. Their sponsors are often parents or close relatives already living in the country.

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For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Palmira Arroyo, left, flew in from Puerto Rico for her daughter Karina Lasalle Arroyo's graduation from Central Connecticut State University. Lasalle, right, packed her mom's rental car with luggage from her stay at CCSU after Hurricane Maria. Photo by Vanessa de la Torre for Connecticut Public Radio

When Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico last September, Lasalle was in her final year at the University of Puerto Rico and thinking ahead to law school. But the widespread damage altered the trajectory of these best-laid plans. The storm knocked out power, and Lasalle’s night classes — courses she needed to graduate — were rescheduled to the same hour on a Saturday.

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At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

Nilda Medina, a first-grade bilingual teacher at Sanchez Elementary School in Hartford, teaches students about the seasons. About half of the students in the class are evacuees from Puerto Rico. Photo by Ryan Caron King for Connecticut Public Radio

Since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico seven months ago, the ramifications have spilled onto mainland cities like Hartford that carry deep ties to the Caribbean. At least 1,800 displaced students enrolled in Connecticut’s public schools, including about 40 new schoolchildren at Sanchez Elementary.

 

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