Border Church Opens Doors to Migrants Dropped Off by Authorities

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A local church in Brownsville, transforming into a respite center after receiving hundreds of migrants since last week in response to the recent immigrant surge that reached the Rio Grande Valley.

Iglesia Bautista West led by Pastor Carlos Navarro, partnered with the city of Brownsville and local community organizer Gaby Zavala, to assist the migrants on their journey. 

The church along with its ministry’s volunteers have trained with local community organizer Gaby Zavala to process migrants in preparation of traveling to their sponsor’s homes. 

Migrants are provided with orientation on their travel accommodations and basic information on immigration proceedings. 

As well as with food, clothing, personal items, warm showers, rest and sleep areas, children’s day care services, and medical attention by local pediatrician, Dr. Asim Zamir. 

The church is asking for donations of diapers, wipies, diaper rash cream, baby bottles and sippy cups, powdered milk for children, luggage or backpacks, reusable bags, combs and hair products, shoes and shoelaces, water, underwear for all sizes and gender, towels, folders to hold documents, chargers, feminine products, razors, deodorants, disposable plates and utensils.

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