From Both Sides of the Border - One Texas Newspaper won't give up on Telling the Stories

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as the news cycle moves onto other stories, and the shock and horror of the separation of children from their families fades away, the Texas tribune is not shifting focus and looking away; it is ramping up efforts to do more. the newspaper is staffing a new bureau of reporters, photographers, and videographers to accurately tell the story of families on both sides of the border.

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Special thanks to David Ulin for sharing the original Texas Tribune article.

As the national conversation shifts from what is happening to children and families at our border to the latest international political news from abroad, the fate of thousands of children hangs in the balance.

Without the attention of voters and press, what will happen to children whose parents have been sent home without them? How is our government planning to reunite these families?

The Texas Tribune, a newspaper who has covered this crisis closely from the start, is not giving up. Like most Americans, they want answers and they have a plan to stay in for the long haul in order to get them.

From the Texas Tribune:

In the last month, The Texas Tribune has gone above and beyond to bring you the stories of migrant parents forcibly separated from their children. We've dispatched reporters, photographers and videographers to document the impact of federal immigration policies on thousands of families on both sides of the border.

Our journalists have spoken with asylum-seekers stranded with ankle monitors as they await their fate, fact-checked claims by administration and border officials, and met immigrant detainees who told us they were offered reunification in exchange for voluntary deportation.

But the Tribune and its dedicated staff are not stopping there -

We’re moving two full-time reporters to the Rio Grande Valley to establish a second border bureau dedicated to covering this crisis, and we need your help.

With a modest crowdfunding initiative to raise $35,000 by July 31 to help staff this bureau, the donations will cover housing, travel, photography, videography, translation and data analysis so the Texas Tribune can keep the accountability coverage going. Click here to learn more about the Crowdfunding Initiative.

Help us shine a bright light on the families crossing or stranded at our border, the near-failed states from which they’ve come, the private prison and foster care companies profiting from their detention and the giant smuggling ecosystem that keeps supplying workers and drugs to the American marketplace.

Let us keep the ball in the air on this issue until we know, for certain, that a.) there is a plan for families to be reunited, and b.) that plan is being executed and is working effectively.

*Portions of this article was taken from the Texas Tribune article by Emily Ramshaw.

By Michael J Krass

If you are able and feel compelled to contribute to keep accountability reporting going at the border, click here.

 

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