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The rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been put on hold in Dallas and the rest of the country according to an NBC 5 DFW article from April 13th. In it they say:

“In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The clots were observed in the sinuses of the brain along with reduced platelet counts — making the usual treatment for blood clots, the blood thinner heparin, potentially “dangerous.”

More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.”

As a result, Dallas’ in-home vaccination plans, which were set to use the J&J vaccine, have also been put on hold according to a Spectrum Local News article from April 13th. In it they say:

“According to city leaders, Dallas and the Visiting Nurses Association of Texas were slated to start those at-home vaccinations on Tuesday.

However, the FDA and CDC have recommended the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine not be used for the time being because six U.S. recipients of it have developed a rare disorder that involves blood clots.”

Other vaccine options like Pfizer and Moderna are still readily available for those willing to go out and get their shots ASAP.



Three similarly-named Van Gog Exhibits are coming to Dallas. First, there are the two rival exhibits named “Immersive Van Gogh” and “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” according to a CBS 11 DFW article from April 1st (we double-checked, it’s not a joke). In it they say:

“If you are looking for some activities to fill the upcoming Summer schedule, there are two traveling Van Gogh art exhibits coming to town that are creating quite a buzz.

The shows both have similar names, similar websites, and similar experiences where guests are meant to feel truly immersed in Van Gogh’s art. And all those similarities – according to exhibit producers – are creating confusion and making it difficult for people to know which show they are actually buying tickets for.

First, there is the ‘Immersive Van Gogh‘ exhibit that is coming to Dallas in June, created by Massimiliano Siccardi.

. . .

Then, there is ‘Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience‘ coming to Dallas in August.”

To add just a little more confusion to the fray, a third exhibit called “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” is also making its way to Dallas according to a KVUE article from April 8th. In it they say:

“If you’ve ever dreamed of immersing yourself in the magnificent masterpieces of Vincent Van Gogh, your dreams are about to come true.

Beginning June 18 and running through August 8, Austin’s Circuit of The Americas will host a limited-engagement run of “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience,” a three-dimensional, multi-media exhibition featuring more than 300 pieces of Van Gogh’s treasured works.”

Before you click purchase, double-check and make sure you’re buying the right ticket for the immersive Van Gogh exhibit you actually want to see, and not one of the other two similarly named ones.

 



Charity programs may be the key to connecting employers with their remote employees according to a Dallas Morning News article from March 15th. In it they say:

“The COVID-19 pandemic may be one of the most consequential events in our lifetimes, profoundly affecting societies, businesses and economies around the world. And, in North Texas and across the U.S., calls for social justice and racial equity add another layer of urgency for lawmakers, civic and business leaders to reshape society.

Meanwhile, the pandemic is forcing droves of employees to work remotely, causing or perhaps exacerbating feelings of disconnect from management and colleagues.”

More than that, educational charities also need a boost right now according to a different Dallas Morning News article from April 4th. In it they say:

“The Dallas County Promise had 89% of this year’s eligible seniors sign on to its pledge by the end of March. That was down from 99% who signed on last year. And the program had seen an 8% drop in students who enrolled in college in the fall compared with fall 2019.

Going to community college — even for free — was not an option for many students this past year, said Katrina James, the Promise’s managing director.

Some students couldn’t afford it despite the help as they had to support themselves or others — especially as many service-industry jobs where college students tend to find work were hurt. Others couldn’t adjust to a virtual experience when nearly all classes were shifted online.”

Yes times are hard right now, but a small donation can go a long way for fellow Dallas residents and students in need.



The migrant teens who wandered away from the KBH facility have been returned according to a WFAA 8 article from March 28th. In it they say:

“Five children housed at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas left the facility Saturday.

Dallas police say they found them at a nearby 7-Eleven store around 2:30 p.m. and returned them to the facility.

‘On rare occasions, kids leave the shelters without permission,’ a US Health and Human Services spokesperson said in an email. ‘On each occasion, authorities are notified, kids are found and returned, and, usually, transferred to another facility.’ ”

There seems to be some confusion as to the exact number of teens who wandered off. The previous article says five, but an article from Fox 4 News dated March 30th reports that there were 4 children that wandered off. In it they say:

“Four unaccompanied migrant teens who were being housed at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center after crossing the U.S./Mexico border have been found after leaving the convention center without permission.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families confirmed the teens were found safe after being gone for ‘a few hours,’ and will now be transferred to another facility.”

Though, at the end of the day, the important part is that they were found and returned safely.

 



Several Dallas-based groups have been pitching in to help alleviate the situation at the KBF Facility according to a Catholic News Service article from March 23rd. In it they say:

“As federal officials announced that a downtown Dallas facility had been chosen to house up to 3,000 migrant teenagers starting the week of March 15, the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Dallas sprang into action to help.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center opened to house unaccompanied migrant teens in U.S. custody, with the first few hundred arriving March 17. The convention center will be used for up to 75 days, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press that was sent March 15 to members of the Dallas City Council. Federal agencies will use the facility to house boys ages 15 to 17, according to the memo.”

Despite the support, more help is still needed, specifically, the center is in need of bilingual volunteers according to a Fox 4 article from March 22nd. In it they say:

“With more and more unaccompanied migrant teens arriving at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas over the weekend for processing, the need for bilingual volunteers is great.

Hilda Duarte, a member of LULAC, registered to be a volunteer through Catholic Charities Dallas. The faith-based nonprofit is working with the American Red Cross to get the teens situated as the lengthy immigration process unfolds.”

Given the current volume of people currently housed at the facility and the fact that those numbers are growing, more interpreters and translators are definitely a must.

 



Interest in the temporary Dalla migrant holding facility is on the rise with Senator Ted Cruz set to visit the center soon according to a Fox 4 article from March 29th. In it they say:

“Sen. Ted Cruz will visit the migrant holding facility in Downtown Dallas Monday. He and other Republicans continue to hammer the Biden Administration for its handling of the border crisis. The White House said it’s working quickly to counter worsening issues there. Sen. Cruz shared video Sunday of a crowded facility at the border where migrants including young children are being kept very close together. Last week, Cruz and other Republicans toured the intake center in Donna, just outside McAllen.”

This is after the senator visited the southern border with other fellow republicans according to a CBS 11 DFW article from March 28th. In it they say:

“The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is currently housing around 2,300 teen boys as the federal government responds to a surge in migrants illegally crossing the southern border into the U.S. Similar facilities have been set up around Texas in areas such as Midland and Carrizo Springs.

On Friday, Cruz and other U.S. senators, including John Cornyn, Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham, toured the southern border to witness the surge and check on the conditions of holding facilities.”

As more and more unaccompanied migrant youths arrive at the center, interest and concern are growing over the conditions there.



There are active Covid-19 infections that have been traced among the migrant children at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center according to a March 24th article from the Dallas Morning News. In it they say:

There have been almost 2,900 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases among unaccompanied immigrant minors taken in custody after crossing the border in the past year, according to federal data released to The Dallas Morning News. About 1,900 of those cases were in Texas.

Some unaccompanied teen boys have also tested positive after they arrived at temporary child migrant shelter at Dallas’ Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. They were quarantined, said a spokesman for Health and Human Services, the agency now caring for the children.”

People still seem interested to help out at the center according to a separate Dallas Morning News article from March 23rd. In it they say:

“In Dallas, immigrant advocates have been eager to join in on the volunteer work. A large number of the unaccompanied minors come from Honduras, a country of about 10 million that was hard-hit by a pair of hurricanes, violence, and corruption. Those problems are often cited by Honduran immigrants as causes of their exodus.”

The center is still receiving more migrant teens for temporary housing as the pandemic continues.

 



The Kay Bailey Hutchison will be housing up to 3,000 migrant teens according to a Fox News article from March 15th. In it they say:

“The U.S. government plans to use the downtown Dallas convention center to hold up to 3,000 immigrant teenagers as sharply higher numbers of border crossings have severely strained the current capacity to hold youths, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be used for up to 90 days beginning as early as this week, according to written notification sent to members of the Dallas City Council on Monday. Federal agencies will use the facility to house boys ages 15 to 17, according to the memo, which describes the soon-to-open site as a ‘decompression center.’ “

Since then, the center has now hit half capacity according to a Fox 4 KDFW article from March 22nd. In it they say:

“There are now 1,500 unaccompanied minors staying at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas after being apprehended at the southern border. Migration experts said they could be here up to 45 days, before being paired with family. The surge of unaccompanied children at the border is showing no sign of slowing down. Customs and Border Protection said more than 9,400 came in February.”

The rate at which the center is filling up illustrates the gravity of congestion currently at the border.



Migrant children have begun to arrive in Dallas where they will be temporarily sheltered at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center according to a CBS 21 DFW article from March 17th. In it they say:

“Hundreds of migrant teens have apparently begun arriving in North Texas and the big question is how the federal government will keep them safe.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas is opening as a temporary shelter.

Shortly after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, several charter buses pulled up outside the convention center.

They are believed to be carrying the young men who were detained at the southern border.”

 

The move is in response to the overwhelming number of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border according to a CNN article from March 19th. In it they say:

“The federal government has more than 14,000 migrant children in its custody, administration officials said Thursday, even as they insist that what is happening on the southern border does not constitute a crisis.

The growing number of unaccompanied children at the border has overwhelmed resources, which had already been strained as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, spurring officials to seek out facilities to accommodate children, including the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
The center — one of the largest in the country and located in downtown Dallas — has been transformed into an emergency intake site for more than 2,000 children.”
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas is one of the largest in the country and will house a maximum of 3,000 people.


The Kit Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas will be used as a temporary shelter for teenage migrant boys crossing the border alone according to a CNN article from March 15th. In it they say:

“The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center would be temporarily used to shelter teenage boys who arrived at the US-Mexico border alone, the official said.

Rocky Vaz, director of the Office of Emergency Management in Dallas, described the facility as a ‘decompression center’ and told city leaders it would house boys ages 15 to 17 ‘to help relieve the overcrowding currently at the border,’ according to the memo.
The plans, first reported by The Associated Press, mark the latest attempt by the administration to keep up with the number of unaccompanied children at the US-Mexico border. In the absence of additional shelter space, facilities along the border have been under increased strain.
As of Sunday, there were more than 4,200 children in US Border Patrol custody.”
This is the latest move by the current administration after FEMA was deployed according to a Washington Post article from March 16th. In it they say:

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency will use a Dallas convention center as a temporary shelter for thousands of migrant teenage boys, an emergency measure the Biden administration is taking to alleviate extreme overcrowding at border facilities in South Texas, according to two Homeland Security officials with knowledge of the plans.

. . .

The Biden administration mobilized FEMA on Saturday to help cope with a deepening crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, where the number of families and minors arriving without their parents has soared since the president took office.”

This is an effort to improve the temporary holding shelters of young migrants who are currently separated from their families.





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