#08-19 Refugees on the US Border … Asylum-seekers and those who help them

Producer Melinda Tuhus travelled to Arizona, Mexico, and the desert between to interview refugees and good Samaritans about what asylum seekers are fleeing from, what they face on the trip north, who helps them, and the ordeal of applying for immigration status.

Host(s): Melinda Tuhus
Featured Speakers/Guests: Refugees and those who help them on both sides of the border: Debra Cohen, volunteer doing desert supplies dropoff; Katherine Rosa Smith, Site and Volunteer Coordinator at Catholic Community Services’ refugee project in the old monastery; Rocio Zamora. volunteer at the monastery, who orients new volunteers and gives a tour of the facility; Shura, volunteer godmother to dozens of migrant children living temporarily in Nogales, Mexico; Barbara Lemmon, Samaritan volunteer and driver; refugees Nelson and Rosa, sheltered in Nogales. 

Credits: Produced by Melinda Tuhus (some material aired first in The Forest and the Trees on WPKN radio); series producer, Frieda Werden.

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Photo 1 via http://www.tucsonsamaritans.org/

Photo 2 : Rosa, by Melinda Tuhus