Undocumented children wait for the bus, local people help

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POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 3:58pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:31am

We reported yesterday on the overcrowding of young refugees after they are caught crossing the border.

But we continue today with what happens after they are released. The undocumented children are given a bus ticket.

This has lead to a back up at the bus stations where children now have to wait.

The Immaculate Conception Church located in downtown Brownsville, has opened up its doors in effort to comfort and care for the children while they wait for the bus.

Sr. Leticia Benavides, Catholic Charities, "What we do is we have volunteers who go into the bus stations, and we encourage the people that, after they buy their bus ticket, they come here to the sights and then that's where they provide this relief effort."

They give them food, water, clothing, and general care that they could need on their trip. The Catholic Charities Disaster Response organization has teamed up with the local church and the citizens of Brownsville to gather anything that they can for donations to the large number of children.

Benavides, "The information that I have is based out of the McAllen sight, and we've had 150 to 200 people per day."

Sister Benavides expects the same turnout to happen in Brownsville.

The people at Immaculate Conception Church are doing everything that they can to help as many children as possible, there simply is not enough room. The City of Brownsville, however, may have just came up with a solution.

Roberto Cano, Coordinator, "Catholic Charities coordinated and met with the City of Brownsville and they agreed to open up a building."

One of the potential buildings is the La Casa del Nylon, an old clothing store. The building is located on the corner of 13th and Adams downtown, and is right across from the bus station. Cano says that this would make is a lot easier to bring in and help a large number of children.

City officials say that they have to inspect the building before it can be used.
To donate or find a location near you, please call:

Catholic Charities San Juan - (956) 702-4088
Monetary donations mail to: P.O. 1306 San Juan Texas, 78589
Brownsville office: (956) 541-0220

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