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September 29, 2014

School provides education for immigrant children
By Robert Arnold

Fernandez, 14, is a student at Las Americas. He was caught crossing the Texas border in June. Fernandez said he became separated from his mother in Guadalajara so made the trek to Texas alone. After being shuttled to three detention centers, Fernandez was finally reunited with his family in Houston before being enrolled in school. Fernandez said his family was fleeing gang violence in Honduras. "I was threatened a lot, if I didn't do what the gangs told me to do something bad would happen," said Fernandez. "I don't want to go back to that hell." Fernandez and his family are still awaiting an immigration hearing to determine whether they will be allowed to stay in the United States. According to data collected by Syracuse University through its Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse program, the average wait time for an immigration hearing in Texas is 433 days

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