Short film series about immigration makes its way to Texas

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Executive Director of the Waco Immigrants Alliance Hope Mustakim says babies are being born prematurely to immigrant families due to the worry caused by federal and state policies; parents are less engaged with schools, and churches with Spanish-speaking congregants are seeing lower attendance.  (Image Courtesy: KWTX).

Stories Beyond Borders, a series of five short movies about immigrant families distributed through the national nonprofit Working Films, screened Tuesday night at the Hippodrome Theatre in Waco, Texas, with two hundred people signing up to attend, according to KWTX. Executive Director of the Waco Immigrants Alliance Hope Mustakim says the turnout was one of their all-time highest, as Texas’s SB4, which bans sanctuary cities, has stigmatized undocumented immigrants in the local community. The Pew Research Center estimates that more than ten million undocumented immigrants live in the United States, and two-thirds of the adults have been here for at least ten years.