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City Heights In 2017: Trump’s Immigration Policies, Increasing Housing Costs

Samir Zain Alabedeen, a refugee from Syria, holds his young daughter, Jana, a...

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Above: Samir Zain Alabedeen, a refugee from Syria, holds his young daughter, Jana, as he sits on the couch with his wife, Dalal Alhariri in his family's three-bedroom house, Dec. 7, 2017.

City Heights In 2017: Trump's Immigration Policies, Increasing Housing Costs


Tarryn Mento, Speak City Heights reporter, KPBS News


President Trump's policies on immigration and refugee resettlement have disrupted plans of likely tens of thousands of refugees hoping to begin new lives in the U.S. The president's limited cap on refugee arrivals and the travel ban have affected the ability of refugees to reunite with family members already living in the U.S.

San Diego is expected to be acutely affected by the president's cap. Roughly three to four percent of all refugees who are resettled in the U.S. come to San Diego. The neighborhood of City Heights is where many of those refugees have called home beginning with the Fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

RELATED: How The Fall Of Saigon Made San Diego A Refugee Hub

KPBS Speak City Heights reporter Tarryn Mento joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the impact of Trump's policies on the community and other stories that have affected the area in 2017.

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