Angry Tias & Abuelas
Welcome & Orientation
The Angry Tias and Abuelas’ mission is to advocate for dignity and justice for individuals and families seeking asylum at our borders. As they embark on their journeys to destinations across the U.S., our aim is to assure their basic health and safety needs are met.
We provide emergency assistance such as food, water, clothing, toiletries, logistical support and cash funds when needed to those recently released from ICE custody at bus depots or shelters in Brownsville, Harlingen & McAllen. We inform asylum seekers of their rights as they await entry across international bridges and give direct financial support to refugee shelters in the RGV and select immigrant shelters in Matamoros and Reynosa.
Special Note for Harlingen & McAllen Volunteers:
In Harlingen, we provide travel assistance to asylum seekers in partnership with Loaves and Fishes shelter, and both travel assistance and local transport for refugees and asylum seekers in the care of the La Posada Providencia shelter.
Shifts available in McAllen are as follows: 5:15-7:30 am; 10:00am –1:00 pm; 1:00-4:00pm; and 7:00-10:00pm. Those able to do even longer shifts would be welcome to do so!
Shifts at the Harlingen bus station are 9:00 am – 11:00 am, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Transports for La Posada Providencia occur between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm, and generally require a commitment of 1 hour to 3 hours, depending on the transport need. Transporters must have an active driver’s license, a safe, functioning vehicle, and updated vehicle insurance. Basic conversational Spanish is necessary, with fluency for some transport purposes.
To sign up, just email us at email@example.com. We’ll need your name, phone number, and days and times you are available.
Attention viewer: Video is specific to Brownsville Bus Station and there are differences in other cities that have been cited below:
Migrants are dropped off at the station by Catholic Charities and ICE/BP;
Angry Tias & Abuelas (ATA) have their own name tags;
Volunteer check-in is with the ATA volunteer coordinator on duty, not with city staff at bus station;
ATA DO TALK with people while they are in line to get tickets, partly to enable the Catholic Charities people to be able to leave them there in our hands.
Greet travelers as they enter the station
Review the bus schedule to assure it takes travelers to the correct city
Explain the schedule, the stops, and the transfers and provide a map of the journey
Review their immigration documentation regarding their first appointment and explain it to them, and provide referral information to free or low-cost legal help at their destination;
Provide phones and help for making calls to sponsors and families left behind;
Solve problems specific to individual travelers including the need for food, medicine, diapers;
Notify referral organizations and volunteers of specific help needed along the way.