Brownsville's United Methodist Church helps immigrants

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 4:01pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:50am

It's no secret that the number of border crossers entering the US through Mexico has skyrocketed in the past few years, but local numbers are actually showing that those trends have been fluctuating, and are overall on the decline.

"Some days we'll have, you know, very few, and then last week we had two days that had like fifty, you know, both days," said United Methodist Church member Michael Johnson. "So, it just depends on how things go along, but as far as having like 80 every single day, that's not happening anymore."

Catholic Charities of the RGV and United Methodist Church have been at the forefront of this crisis. Both organizations have partnered to provide immigrants with basic necessities before they venture off into other parts of the US.

"We cook the food, we bring them meals, the hot meals, and the supplies, like if you know if they need like chips, or clothes or underwear or anything like that," said Johnson.

Once Catholic Charities and First United Methodist Church have helped out the border crossers as much as they can, then those organizations bring them back here to the local bus terminal where they can then reach their final destination.

"Basically we just bring them here and make sure that they understand that they're going to have different bus stops, like they're gonna go from here to Houston," said Johnson. "And then they're gonna go from Houston to another city and so on. So we explain that to them. The Valley transit has just been amazingly good at that and then we put them on their buses and send them on their way."

Officials from First United Methodist Church say people have come from all over the US with truckloads of donations to give to immigrants.

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