I’m Jim McKeown, Welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

I rarely bother with nonfiction, but Here We Are by Aarti Namdev Shahani is a well-written story of her family's move from Casablanca to Pakistan to the USA.  The initial parts of the story detail the hardships the family had escaping from the terrors following the breakup between India and Pakistan. 


Downtown Depot - JaJa Chen

May 21, 2021

This week's guest is JaJa Chen, co-owner of Waco Cha, and a licensed therapist. Austin Meek speaks with her about live s an imigrant to the U.S., the importance of diversity, and how she and her husband put the importance of "why" over "what" when making decisions about their small business.

Listen to this episode by clicking here:

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“[The] thing that you really see in this is the continuing divisions and just how differently different parties see the world.”

Chilling story of the horror resulting from the migration of refugees from South America.

Pleasant series of essays on topics ranging from immigration to the environment.

A heartbreaking story of a young girl who escapes the terrors of her homeland.

There's been lots of chatter on social media and among pundits, warning that the treatment of immigrant kids and English language learners is going to "get worse" under a Donald Trump presidency.

Some people on Twitter are even monitoring incidents in which Latino students in particular have been targeted.

But I wonder: When were these students not targeted? When did immigrant students and their families ever have it easy?

From Texas Standard:

House Bill 11, passed during the 2015 legislative session, is a sweeping law pitched as part of a broader $800 million border security effort. It expands the border presence of the Texas National Guard, green-lights hiring more troopers, and mandates an intelligence center to analyze crime data at the border.

One of the law’s other provisions has recently drawn a lawsuit that's just now making headlines. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, better known as MALDEF, has filed suit against Texas over what's called the “immigrant harboring” provision. They argue that it's unconstitutional under federal law.


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Immigrant Detention Centers in Texas are starting to release some mothers and their children. That's because Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made some changes earlier this week to the way mothers and children are detained. KUT's Joy Diaz reports immigrant advocates are calling the changes a victory – though – a partial one.

To work in the United States immigrants who are here illegally often use false social security numbers or ones that belong to other people.  Then many file their income tax returns using a special number provided by the IRS.  Joey Palacios of Texas Public Radio in San Antonio reports on why an immigrant fearing deportation still wants to pay taxes.  And why the IRS doesn’t report their illegal status to homeland security.


The term “sanctuary city” took root in 2010 when the State of Arizona passed a law prohibiting local police departments from having policies that said officers would not check a person’s immigration status. Cities with those policies were accused of giving sanction to residents in the country illegally.

Governor Rick Perry is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border to aid in the surge of immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Perry has accused the White House of not doing enough to solve the problem.

"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor," Perry said.