Firsthand Accounts of Humanitarian Efforts at the Border

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“I could not believe all the humanitarian efforts going on. I was so happy to see that,” Dayle said. “They are busy there. ...Why are (news stations) not showing that?”

 

Translation: If you’re lost and can’t continue 1. Turn your cellphone off and on 2. Call 911 3. Wait and do not move from your location.

In July, a group of Kansan Mennonites embarked on a learning tour of the U.S. Mexico border. The group visited courthouses, charities and immigrant shelters to gain a better understanding of what immigrants are experiencing when they cross the border.

Tour members spoke with Hector Zuniga, Regional Executive Director of Southwest Key’s shelters for unaccompanied minors. Hector explained the daily activities, medical services, recreation, vocational services and educational instruction Southwest Key provides to the youth.

Advocates at Southwest Key Programs work with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to reunify children with sponsors. Children are also provided legal counsel from ProBAR’s South Texas Asylum Representation Project.

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