Georgia deports more immigrants than almost any other state.
The University of Syracuse tracks the outcomes of removal proceedings. Its data show Georgia’s been deporting more than 90 percent of people who end up in immigration court this year. That’s almost 50 percent higher than the national average. WABE is looking at that issue from two sides. The first interview is with Katherine Danabet Narvaez. She’s a DACA recipient who lives in Norcross, and her father could be deported soon. Read more...
La secundaria Cross Keys en Atlanta tendrá una nueva ubicación en el 2022 debido a la sobrepoblación de la escuela, cuyo estudiantado es más de 80 por ciento hispano.
La Junta Escolar del Condado de DeKalb tomó la decisión el lunes durante una reunión que se llevó a cabo en el Distrito Escolar de DeKalb. Varios vecinos de la escuela, cercana a la Buford Highway, compartieron sus preocupaciones ante la junta, ante rumores de que se estaría considerando demoler algún complejo de apartamentos del área para construir la nueva escuela, algo que obligaría a muchas familias a buscar otro lugar donde vivir. Lee ademas...
A new Cross Keys High School could be coming to Buford Highway in Brookhaven, a city official says, but DeKalb School officials are being tight-lipped about the possibility.
Brookhaven Councilmember Joe Gebbia confirmed rumors that the DeKalb County School District is looking at property in Brookhaven and along Buford Highway to build a new Cross Keys High School.
“That’s a possibility, and they have the right of eminent domain,” Gebbia said. While he said he does not know of any specific properties being looked at, he said Superintendent Stephen Green has said the district is looking at land adjacent to the current Cross Keys High School, located at 1626 North Druid Hills Road.
Desde que Rogelio Pano fue detenido por agentes de Inmigración la madrugada del pasado 31 de julio, la vida de su esposa, Deisy Guatemala Blanco, cambió radicalmente.
Cuando tocan a su puerta, el miedo la invade y duda en si abrir o no. “¿Quién será?”, pregunta asustada. Tampoco ha habido noche en la que Guatemala duerma bien, o mañana en la que se pregunte cómo va a pagar la renta del apartamento en donde viven ella y sus seis hijos entre las edades de 11 meses y 16 años.
“Él era el que traía dinero a la casa. Pagaba la renta, los ‘biles’ y le compraba ropa a los niños y pañales para la niña. Trabajaba en las ‘yardas’ en un campo de golf con un patrón que se llamaba Christian en Atlanta”, narró Guatemala. Lee ademas...
As the Peachtree Creek Greenway nears a date to break ground this year, concerns about the linear park contributing to gentrification along Buford Highway in Brookhaven remain a concern for some community activists who have watched issues such as affordable housing affect the renowned Atlanta BeltLine.
City Councilmember Joe Gebbia says gentrification is already happening along the corridor famous for its multicultural residents and businesses, including many restaurants.
“Even if we don’t do anything, the trend [of rising property costs] will continue,” Gebbia said. “The Greenway has psychologically added to that process and the momentum will pick up.” Read more...
Vecinos se reúnen para expresar sus preocupaciones sobre políticas migratorias
Un grupo de vecinos de la comunidad hispana de Buford Highway decidió romper con su rutina de todos los días y reunirse para expresar sus preocupaciones sobre las políticas migratorias, la educación de sus hijos y sus derechos como inmigrantes en el país, entre otros temas.
Y es que, según ha documentado MundoHispánico, la zona del condado de Gwinnett ha sido una de las más afectadas por los recientes operativos llevados a cabo por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE), en el que padres y madres de familia han sido detenidos por las autoridades, dejando sin ningún líder o tutor a los grupos familiares.
Atlanta doesn’t have a Chinatown or Koreatown or Little Havana. But there is Buford Highway, the international corridor where all these cultures, and more, co-exist.
“I don’t know where else you can have a taqueria beside a Vietnamese restaurant beside a Middle Eastern restaurant,” David Schaefer, managing director of advocacy for the Latin American Association, said recently. “And those groups live in very close proximity to each other. You go to an apartment complex and hear 20 languages.”
Buford Highway has been an affordable place for immigrants and first-generation Americans to shop, work and live for decades. More than 1,000 immigrant-owned businesses line the street. But the area’s growing popularity among developers is threatening to drastically change its culture and identity. Read more...
DeKalb Schools Supt. Stephen Green discussed several issues at his “On the Scene with Dr. Green” event at Cross Keys High School Nov. 9, including the topics on trailers and new schools to help with overcrowding.
A friendly crowd of some 100 people attended the Q&A session and Green was thanked several times for his leadership in helping DeKalb Schools increase their graduation rates and test scores.
Green answered question from parents and concerned residents for about an hour. Read more...
“Lo que hacemos es hablar con las personas que viven aquí porque queremos saber sus opiniones. Conocer lo que dice la comunidad y ver cómo podemos orientarles sobre recursos. Sí hay oficinas para que ellos den sus opiniones, pero mucha gente no sabe cómo navegarse en esos edificios”, explicó Marco Palma, uno de los líderes de la organización Los Vecinos de Buford Highway. Lee ademas
Leticia Arcila, una estudiante de Cross Keys High School, escucha con frecuencia que sus compañeros de escuela tienen preocupaciones que van más allá de sus asignaturas.
“Ellos deberían estar enfocados en su educación, pero su preocupación es ‘adónde vamos a vivir el próximo año’”, lamentó Arcila, de 16 años.
La joven estudiante se ha unido a una iniciativa nacida de un interés de servir a los residentes de la Buford Highway, donde el desarrollo de la ciudad de Brookhaven va encareciendo una zona que por muchos años muchos hispanos encontraban vivienda asequible, trabajo y transporte público.
Hoy día, los nuevos proyectos urbanos han hecho que las rentas se disparen, imposibilitando a muchos encontrar un lugar donde vivir en el área. Continue reading
When Rebekah Morris was teaching English and Journalism to ninth-graders at Cross Keys High School, she challenged her students to take an active part in their community through a school project called Unify BuHi.
The students wrote out proposals and solutions to address their concerns and presented their ideas during an exhibit at Plaza Fiesta. They attended community meetings and events and took part in beautification projects along the Buford Highway Corridor. “We would talk about why are we the only people who live in apartments at these community meetings," said Morris, who has since left teaching to work full time as a community organizer. Read more...
As developers continue to eye Buford Highway, residents living in the many apartment complexes along the road are coming together to ensure they have a voice about the future of where they live.
The fledgling La Comunidad de Buford Highway (Buford Highway Apartment Association), made up of residents as well as representatives from the Latin American Association and Center for Pan Asian Community Services, have been meeting for several months at the home of Cross Keys High School English teacher Rebekah Cohen Morris. Continue reading
Approximately one year ago, on March 30, 2016, a group of students from Cross Keys High School went to Plaza Fiesta—located at 4166 Buford Highway NE—to engage with local citizens about infrastructure improvements, government engagement and affordable housing. “We are trying to find and show people better ways to improve Buford Highway so we can appreciate it more,” said then-freshman Jennifer Monzon. “We’re trying to find better ways to improve our community.” Continue Reading
Immigration lawyers, real estate agents and nonprofits came together at the Shallowford Gardens apartment complex on June 29 to celebrate a Moving Fair event for residents. Renters will be required to vacate Shallowford Gardens—located at 3630 Shallowford Road in Doraville—by Aug. 31 following a $8.2 million purchase agreement between former owner John Lantz and the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). DCSD plans to build a 900-seat elementary school to alleviate overcrowding at nearby Dresden and Cary Reynolds elementary schools. Continue reading
DeKalb County school officials recently decided to purchase a Doraville apartment complex so they can tear it down and build a new elementary school on the property. “In a growing school district like DeKalb County, it is incumbent upon us to explore all options as we look to build new schools now and in the future,” DeKalb Schools Superintendent Stephen Green said in an email.
“All real estate matters are discussed thoroughly, we perform our due diligence and according to board policy all matters must be approved by the Board of Education.” Continue reading
The young men grunted as they maneuvered a large armoire down the narrow staircase from Apartment F-3 to the lot below. There, a U-Haul truck was parked, surrounded by liquor boxes wrapped in red tape, a laundry basket filled with purses, several large black plastic bags packed tight and metal bed frames leaning against the pile.
“We did nothing wrong,” Melinda Ward said tearfully as she watched the Brookhaven Presbyterian Church volunteers load her belongings. “We paid our bills. We never paid our rent late.”
At a July 11 meeting under a pavilion at Briarwood Park, representatives from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Latin American Association, Center For Pan Asian Community Services, Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative and Immigrant Hope-Atlanta were on hand to answer residents’ questions and provide resources on how to find a new home.
"I think a lot of them are facing homelessness,” Lindsey Siegel, attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, said in an interview. Continue reading
Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst announced July 14 he was able to negotiate with the developer a lease extension for the Park Villa apartment complex residents who were supposed to be out by the end of the month. The complex is to be demolished to make way for a townhome development.
Residents in the aging complex off North Cliff Valley will have an extra 21 days to move out, according to a city press release. Rather than having to move out by July 31 the residents now have until Aug. 21 to find a new home. Many residents gathered at Briarwood Park this week with Atlanta Legal Aid Society attorneys and other community organizations to ask for assistance after finding out at the end of June they had one month to move out.
Ernst said in the press release he talked with management of the new developer, and current landlord, “to better understand the facts and negotiate a lease extension for the remaining residents at Park Villa Apartments, 2095 Burton Plaza Lane, NE, who expressed that they needed additional time to relocate.” Continue reading
Tune into the show (minute 39:15) -- This month residents at the Park Villa Apartment Homes in Brookhaven were given notices that they had 30 days to move out of their homes — the notices came after the property was sold to a new developer. We speak to attorneys, Lindsey Siegel and Mara Block with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society who have provided counsel to tenants on their rights.
Tune into the show (minute 20:38) -- We continue to follow the story of the residents of Park Villa apartments in Brookhaven. Mayor John Ernst tells us about the city's response after residents were given notices that they had until the end of July to move out of their homes. This happened after the property was sold to a new developer. The mayor also gives us an update on his talks with the developer and how the city plans to respond to affordable housing concerns throughout the city.
Then, we hear from two current Park Villa residents Maria Tapia and Melinda Ward. Also joining the conversation is Rebekah Morris, executive director of Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, an advocacy group that’s working to help Park Villa resident to find housing.
Tune into the show (minute 19:57) -- Residents of the Park Villa Apartments in Brookhaven were told earlier this summer that they had 30 days to vacate, after the property was purchased by a new developer. The city’s Mayor John Ernst negotiated an extension of the residents leases through August. Rebekah Morris, executive director of Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, a local organization that advocates for affordable housing along Buford Highway, give us an update about the residents of the Park Villa Apartments.