The number of children being detained at the Tornillo Tent City continues to rise every day.
Local and State leaders including El Paso State Senator Jose Rodriguez, are coming together to share one message.
“Yes, we are calling for them to shut down the facility as soon as possible. It’s overdue,” Rodriguez told KTSM, “It’s not healthy for the kids, not healthy for our community, it’s not healthy for our Nation to be sending a message that this is how we deal with children in this country. Even if they’re immigrants, it’s not right.”
Meantime, Rodriguez and his team are working to gather soccer balls for the kids in Tornillo’s Tent City, as part of the “Gift for Good Drive.” It will serve as Christmas gifts for the estimated 2,400 kids living at Tornillo’s Detention Facility Center.
“We’ve seen a lot of people who show up over there, protesters and others, and show up with gifts for the kids and they don’t let them provide the gifts so the kids never see anything. So we were able to work out this arrangement with them, to permit us to do this drive for the kids, we want them to have a Christmas.”
Rodriguez told KTSM his staff has been working hard and filed legislation involving various issues, including immigration. However these donations are a way of letting these kids know they haven’t been forgotten this holiday season.
“You may be behind detention bars, I’m going to use that term because that’s essentially what it boils down to. They can’t go anywhere, they’re secluded out here in a remote area in the Chihuahuan desert, and we want them to know that there are people that care for them. We’re going to do everything we can for them to get some kind of Christmas cheer in their lives,” Rodriguez shared.
There’s no limit on how many soccer balls you can donate, and anyone around the world can donate through Amazon. Those orders must be made by December 13th, to make sure the kids get the soccer balls by Christmas.
You can donate a pre-selected soccer ball here.