Religious leaders visit new processing center for unaccompanied immigrant children

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Immigration Crisis

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 9:56am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:02am

National and state Southern Baptist leaders as well as the Catholic Bishop of Brownsville were in McAllen to get a first hand look at the local response to the border crisis, Alex Stockwell shares their reaction after visiting a processing center for unaccompanied immigrant children.

Religious leaders from different denominations are joining together to get a glimpse of Border Patrol facilities amid the current immigration crisis.

Dr. Russell Moore, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, "We're here spending the day seeking to gain some perspective on how we can call our churches to call the rest of the nation to concern for the children who are here and for the horrible situations in Central America leading to the situation at the border."

The group toured the warehouse in McAllen that is now operating as a processing center for unaccompanied immigrant children, many were impacted by what they saw inside, Dr. Russell Moore, "The most moving and indeed morally horrifying part was about children as young as 3 years-old who are here accompanied, some of them in diapers unable to walk, simply left at the border."

About a month ago, Bishop Flores visited the detention facility at the McAllen Border Patrol station and witnessed the immense overcrowding firsthand, but after touring the new processing center at the warehouse, he can see the progress being made, " Here they have more room, they can actually lie down. Before, the were just so tight that they had  to just kind of sit like in rows. Here they have more space and it's a much more humane way to receive them as they go through the government processing, which is part of the reality."

Bishop Flores also had the chance to speak with many of the children in Spanish, "Just simple questions, you know, talking to the young people about  how old they were, their names and what countries were they from. They were eating an apple when I was talking to them so it was a very pleasant conversation. They smiled a lot, so I think that's a good sign."

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