Immigrant support organizations accepting specific donations for new group


POSTED: Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 6:31pm

UPDATED: Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 11:50pm

 Local immigrant support organizations are allocating their resources to help the 250 undocumented immigrants who arrived in El Paso yesterday.

One hundred of them are children under the age of 10.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said they came from South Texas where they're seeing an influx of undocumented immigrants.

Now that the families are here in El Paso, many people have tried to step up by offering donations.

One of the groups helping, Annunciation House, said its main focus is to help the undocumented immigrants and get them on their way.

"We look at it from the perspective of what we are able to do for these people," said executive director of Annunciation House Ruben Garcia.

Whether it be offering a place to sleep, food, clothes, or time, many El Pasoans have stepped up to the plate to help the hundreds of undocumented immigrants transported to the Sun City.

With an additional 270 flown in Saturday, about 100 of them are children under the age of 10 said Garcia.

"These are all family units,” said Garcia. “It might be a moma with kids, a papa with kids, maybe a mama and papa with kids."

Because of the number of children this time around, diapers will be needed.

"We will only gather what is necessary for that short amount of time that this group of people are here," Garcia stressed.

The group has set up more than 100 cots for the families to sleep on until they make arrangements to leave El Paso.

Officials with other organizations say the outpour of support throughout the community has been overwhelming, and for some, showing support means more than just tangible items.

"What I’ve done most recently was sign several petitions online requesting John Boehner get immigration reform passed. Or at least addressed in the House,” said Sister Kathleen.

Also, Garcia said because the immigrants aren't trying to stay in El Paso, they need help from Spanish speakers to translate for them.

"We have a real need for people fluent in Spanish, who have an iPad, so it is possible for them on the internet to look up Greyhound bus tickets," he said.

While the support they have received so far is appreciated, Garcia said they have to be realistic about how long the immigrants will be in El Paso.

"We don't want to accumulate more than what is necessary."

Garcia asked that you call Annunciation House before you bring any item for donation or if you want to help translate. You call them at (915) 545-4509.

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