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Storytelling helps young English learners grow

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Young children from families newly arrived in the United States often do not speak English at home, making it harder for them to learn. Continue reading

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor and creator of the of the play "Hamilton," addresses the audience after the plays opening night on Broadway in New York August 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX1NE1X

‘Hamilton’ the musical tells the immigrant story of a Founding Father

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A popular new hip-hop show on Broadway, “Hamilton,” chronicles one of the nation’s founding fathers and his “rags to riches” story. Continue reading

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Providing support and education for refugee children in the U.S.

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DOWNLOAD VIDEO In the United States, where hundreds of thousands of people arrive each year seeking safety and opportunities for their families, education becomes one…read more

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A Syrian refugee holds onto his daughter as he waits to cross into Turkey at Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015.REUTERS/Umit Bektas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Umit Bektas: The man in the picture was gesturing to all of us on the other side of the barbed wire, asking the soldiers, officials and media for help. He was far from the only one: countless people were begging to be let across the border. These refugees had rushed from the town of Tel Abiad because they were expecting fighting between Isis and Kurdish forces.
“Take us in, we’re dying here,” I heard someone say.
The baby girl in his arms looked terrified. She was so young but there was something in her eyes…  it seemed like she knew what was going on. She wasn’t crying, even though she was hanging on to the barbed wire, also in spite of the heat, the shouting and chaos around her. There she was with her big eyes, looking out. It appeared to me that was in shock.
A few minutes after I took this photo the Turkish officials and military allowed these people to cross the border into Turkey. They arrived dehydrated, desperate to drink water and cool down.
There was a complete lack of facilities: no water, no toilets, no shade, no buildings at all. When I captured this image it was midday and the heat was intense, at more than 30 degrees Celsius. NGOs and soldiers had started to throw bottles of water across but it was obvious that there wasn’t enough to go round.
There are tens of thousands of children who are suffering like the girl in this image - she is just one of them.    
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Paris attacks raise security concerns throughout Europe

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Politicians across Europe began voicing renewed concern for the ongoing refugee crisis that has brought hundreds of thousands of Syrians to Europe in search of safety.
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A Syrian refugee family walks across rail tracks near Greece's border with Macedonia, outside the village of Idomeni, September 7, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were crowding at Greece's border with Macedonia on Monday morning, their entry slowly rationed by Macedonian police. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis - RTX1RJAW

Some governors want to refuse Syrian refugees

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In the wake of Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, more than half of governors in the United States, mostly Republicans, say they oppose a plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country by next fall. Continue reading

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