Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Best Bookstore

Best Bookstore

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

College Issue 2014: Sell clothes. Plato’s Closet is a great place to take your gently worn apparel in exchange for cold, hard cash. They accept clothes, shoes and... By Brittany Minor 8/18/2014
A Small Slice of San Anto’s Spooky Haunts

A Small Slice of San Anto’s Spooky Haunts

Arts & Culture: San Antonio is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and its history stretches long before the people behind the American or Texas Revolutions... By Mark Reagan 10/15/2014
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email


Legal Limbo: Nonprofit Concludes Screening Children at Lackland

Photo: , License: N/A

A nonprofit that provides legal support to undocumented immigrants has finished screening approximately 1,200 unaccompanied children at Lackland Air Force Base.

In June and July, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) provided “Know Your Rights” presentations and confidential legal screenings to the children.

RAICES Executive Director Jonathan Ryan said he’s been told there are no more children pending processing at Lackland Air Force Base and that the facility could be offline in a couple weeks.

Kenneth J. Wolfe, deputy director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Affairs Administration for Children and Families, said the temporary shelter will close over the next two to eight weeks.

“Looking forward, there remains substantial uncertainty about the future flows of unaccompanied children. In order to balance managing costs with limited available resources and remaining prepared for sudden increases in the number of children needing care, HHS’s Administration for Children and Families plans to continue caring for unaccompanied children through a combination of standard shelters and surge capacity shelters,” Wolfe said in an email. Meanwhile, Ryan has said 63 percent of those children qualify for relief from an immigration judge so there is still a lot of paperwork for RAICES to process and while the non-profit has the staff, there’s not enough office space for that staff. So the City of San Antonio has stepped in to help, Ryan said.

The city council will vote Thursday whether to approve a lease with RAICES for the use of the former Benavides Learning Center by Las Palmas Library at 515 Castroville Road. RAICES will have access to the space until October 2 at no cost.

“So early on, RAICES was conducting emergency civil aid response for two months. We undertook this coordination of volunteer efforts with no federal funding because have the experience and are close and are willing to be involved,” Ryan said. “We received funding from a private foundation to hire more staff on a short-term basis through October. So right after receiving funding for staff we were in a pinch because we had no place to put the short-term staff.”

And that’s where the deal with the city comes in. It will allow RAICES an office space near Lackland Air Force Base where its staffers can finish off paperwork for all of the children that were screened during June and July.

“There will be no children or clients going there,” Ryan said. “It’s a temporary office.”

RAICES, however, is seeking more funding and if it receives it the non-profit will reimburse the City of San Antonio. “Under the terms of the lease, the monthly rent is gratis in exchange for RAICES providing education and legal services. A provision has also been inserted into the document providing that in the event RAICES receives funding to offset their cost of operation, they will reimburse the City the fair market value of the office space provided in the amount of $10,000 per month,” the agenda item states. Ryan said if RAICES gets federal funding while at the office space on Castroville Road or retroactively, it will reimburse the city.

Recently in News
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus