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Immigrants & Refugees

World Refugee Day Event Moves To A Changing El Cajon

June 19
By Megan Burks
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The majority of refugees coming to the San Diego region now settle in El Cajon.

San Diego's Crawford High School Pilots Halal School Lunches

May 20
By Megan Burks
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Crawford High School in City Heights has been piloting a new lunch menu to reach out to its Muslim students. Once a week, students can pick up a special halal meal.

Citizen America: Taking The Oath

April 28
Madison Hopkins / inewsource
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Who are the 650,000 people becoming U.S. citizens every year?

How The Fall Of Saigon Made San Diego A Refugee Hub

April 24
By Megan Burks
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Some 50,000 Vietnamese refugees passed through Camp Pendleton in the months following the fall of Saigon. The size and duration of the crisis caused a shift in the way the United States approached resettlement, and paved the path for Burmese, East African and Iraqi refugees arriving in San Diego today.

San Diego Cabbies Brace For An Open Taxi Market

March 31
By Megan Burks
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The city says Wednesday's change will create opportunity in the taxi industry. But taxicab owners predict financial ruin.

ACLU Searches For Deportees Denied Immigration Hearing

March 7
By Jean Guerrero
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The American Civil Liberties Union has started searching for deportees in Mexico who may be eligible to return to the United States as part of a class-action lawsuit against the federal government.

San Diego Jewish Film Fest Celebrates A Quarter Century

Feb. 4
By Beth Accomando
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Fifty shorts, 48 features and documentaries, 10 days and five venues — the 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival promises lots of choices and diversity.

Glass Pool Enclosure At New Mid-City YMCA Poses Problem For Muslim Swimmers

Jan. 21
By Megan Burks
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Mid-City's new YMCA boasts an impressive glass-enclosed swimming pool. The problem for this largely-immigrant community? It doesn't offer much privacy for Muslim women who want to swim and keep modest.

Pope: El Cajon Priest Does Not Have To Return To Iraq

Jan. 8
By Megan Burks
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In a rare decision, Pope Francis had sided with a local bishop in his appeal against a church patriarch.

Suspended Chaldean Priest Continues To Work, Awaits Word From Pope

Oct. 24
By Megan Burks
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The Rev. Noel Gorgis will continue serving the Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon despite his suspension. The head of the Chaldean church told him and other priests in the U.S. to return to Iraq or leave the church.

Chaldean Catholic Leader Suspends Priests Across Western U.S.

Oct. 22
By Megan Burks
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The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling for Iraqi-American priests who fled violence in Iraq to return home or leave the church. San Diego County Chaldeans say they will appeal to the Vatican to stop the action.

Young Refugees In City Heights Learn Weaving From Their Elders

Sept. 16
By Megan Burks
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About 1,800 refugees from Burma live in San Diego County. For older refugees, who have a harder time learning English, they can become isolated. A class called Homespun, where elders teach the traditional art of weaving, helps the young and old bond.

Roundtable Tackles Migrant Crisis, Congressional Politics, For-Profit Colleges

Aug. 1
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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On the Roundtable: House conservatives block Obama's funding request; Carl DeMaio runs against the Republican platform; and the state says for-profit colleges target vets.

San Diego Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr (Photos)

July 31
By KPBS
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Young photographers from The AjA Project, a community arts nonprofit, captured in images local celebrations that marked the end of Ramadan.

Roundtable: Reflecting On Filner, No Shelter In Escondido, Padres And Chargers

July 25
Midday Edition
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Irene McCormack Jackson reveals what it was like to work for Mayor Bob Filner. Escondido reveals it doesn't want to shelter migrant children. The Padres reveal trades, and the Chargers reveal hopes for 2014.

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