Our community is in crisis. The federal government’s lack of response at the border has left already desperate people alone, homeless, and hungry.
Members of our community who can not stand by and watch are working overtime to bring relief to the refugees.
Here is more from the Texas Observer:
Since last summer, Team Brownsville has been bringing meals to asylum-seekers in Matamoros. At first, the nonprofit only had to muster enough food for a couple dozen folks. But lately, “It’s an overwhelming task right now to get everybody fed,” said Sergio Cordova, one of the group’s co-founders. The team prepares and transports dinner five nights a week, Cordova said, and pays a Matamoros restaurant to provide breakfasts. The group also brings toiletries and clothing, including shoelaces and belts to replace those taken by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during processing. Recently, Team Brownsville launched a Sunday morning school for migrant kids who are going months without formal education. The team, he said, runs on individual donations: “As long as the donations keep coming in, we’ll keep it up.”
We are being tested by a ruthless and reckless federal government on a daily basis. Thankfully, many of the RGV’s best citizens are rising to the occasion.
Gaby Zavala wants to build what she calls a “resource center” in Matamoros. There, lawyers will be able to meet with clients and hold asylum workshops.
Gladys Cañas, a Matamoros activist with Asociación Ayudándoles a Triunfar, hopes to set up a kind of workers center, where she can help migrants find day jobs and make sure they’re treated fairly.