Mixteco Immigrants in California Struggle to Get Social Services in their Language

September 11, 2015 /


Radio Bilingue, News Report, Ruben Tapia

When they need social services, indigenous immigrant families from Mexico go through a litany of problems. This is happening in the farming county of Kern, in the south of California’s Central Valley, home to a growing population of residents who only speak their Mixteco language from southern Mexico. In Kern County, residents report that when they go to get healthcare, to their children’s schools, or to ask for emergency help, most of the time they can’t find an interpreter who understands them completely. Our correspondent Rubén Tapia reports that a group of neighbors and organizers are seeking solutions to this crisis.

Read and listen to the full story in Spanish here.