Nick Miroff, The Washington Post Published 12:34 pm CDT, Sunday, September 30, 2018 Deported migrants coming from Texas arrive at the La Aurora Airport Repatriation Center on Sept. 25 in Guatemala City. On this day, two flights came in from Texas immigrant detention centers carrying nearly 300 deported migrants. less Deported migrants coming from Texas arrive at the La Aurora Airport Repatriation Center on Sept. 25 in Guatemala City. On this day, two flights came in from Texas immigrant detention centers carrying nearly 300 ... more Photo: Washington Post Photo By Carolyn Van Houten Kevin McAleenan, the United States' top border security official, fifth from left, meets with Honduran Security Minister Julian Pacheco, fourth from left; U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Heide B. Fulton, third from left; and other officials Wednesday at the National Police offices in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. less Kevin McAleenan, the … [Read more...] about Faced with migration crisis, US border chief finds no easy fix in Central America
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Peter Cox at MPR says, “the Office of Higher Education has become more aggressive about taking students to court when they fall behind on payments. The SELF, or Student Educational Loan Fund, loan provides low-interest loans to Minnesota students to help bridge the gap between financial aid and the cost of school. It has helped more than 250,000 students pay for higher education since it started in 1984, lending out more than $2 billion since then. Currently, its fixed interest rate is 6 percent and the variable interest rate is at 4.3 percent. But in order to keep those rates low, it has to keep defaults down. In the past, collections agencies were hired to collect on loans that went into arrears. However, being third parties, they couldn’t take people to court.” In the Star Tribune, Kelly Smith and Erin Adler report, “Secretary of State candidate John Howe and his campaign manager were recovering Monday after a parade float they were on crashed a day earlier, … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s Office of Higher Education gets aggressive over student loan defaults
In this Aug. 4, 2018 photo, the Meikel Street Forever Committee hosts the 44th Annual Southside Picnic at Babe Denny Park in Indianapolis. Very few houses are left in the once vibrant and diverse neighborhood known as Babe Denny after much of the neighborhood was razed to build the interstate in the 1970’s and later Lucas Oil Stadium but current and former residents vow to keep the yearly reunion going. (Michelle Pemberton/The Indianapolis Star via AP) Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ People who have grown up and raised families south of Lucas Oil Stadium have one day per year when they feel like part of a neighborhood: the first Saturday in August. The annual picnic day at Babe Denny Park is when the residents who cling to the sparse houses south of McCarty Street reunite with the folks who have given up and moved to neighborhoods that, unlike Babe Denny, have not been sacrificed for the sake of progress. The former neighbors grill food, drink beer and recall when … [Read more...] about Neighborhood fading in Lucas Oil Stadium’s shadow
James Briggs Indianapolis Star Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 People who have grown up and raised families south of Lucas Oil Stadium have one day per year when they feel like part of a neighborhood: the first Saturday in August. The annual picnic day at Babe Denny Park is when the residents who cling to the sparse houses south of McCarty Street reunite with the folks who have given up and moved to neighborhoods that, unlike Babe Denny, have not been sacrificed for the sake of progress. The former neighbors grill food, drink beer and recall when streets surrounding the inconspicuous, one-block park were dense with loving families who looked out for one another. This year, though, Babe Denny shared its reunion with out-of-town visitors to one of the city's prized special events. The picnic fell on the same weekend as Gen Con, the massive convention for gamers, many of them in search of parking. The coincidental timing made it … [Read more...] about The last days of Babe Denny, a south-side Indianapolis neighborhood sacrificed for progress
SAN MIGUEL LIMÓN, Guatemala — Before he was deported in May, David Xol, an indigenous farmworker from Guatemala, made an urgent plea to U.S. officials at the immigrant processing center in McAllen. “There is no way I am going to leave my son here,” he told them. Earlier that month, Xol and his 7-year-old son, Byron, had travelled through Mexico for three days in a wooden crate stowed in the back of a tractor trailer, surviving on just an apple apiece and swallowing pills that kept them from defecating. When they reached the U.S. border in mid-May, Xol and Byron crossed the Rio Grande on a raft and were apprehended by Border Patrol officers, at the height of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. A few days later, at the processing center, Xol was separated from Byron. “Don’t worry, son, it’s all part of the journey,” he said as he was led away in shackles. On May 21, Xol pled guilty to illegal entry in a mass … [Read more...] about “Where is my son?”: A migrant father was deported in May. His son is still in a Texas shelter.