Kababayan joins effort to help displaced undocumented immigrants

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 17, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – As immigration reform continues to stall in Congress, America is grappling with a record number of immigrants who illegally cross the border.

US government data show that from last October to the end of May a record 162,000 people from Mexico and other countries crossed the US-Mexico border. This is a 100 percent increase compared to last year.

This figure includes close to 50,000 unaccompanied children.

The undocumented children can’t be immediately sent back and they can’t be left unaccompanied in the US. But the border patrol stations are already overcrowded.

The overcrowded detention centers have also caused the US government to transport undocumented immigrants from one state to another, wherever they can be accommodated.

They are then given court dates to check in with ICE officials to determine whether or not they’ll be deported.

Experts say the reasons for the influx of undocumented immigrants are the worsening violence and poverty in Central America and their notion that, under the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, they will be allowed to stay longer and work.

Minnie Sapinoso, a Filipino lay associate of the Sisters of Charity has been helping displaced undocumented immigrants in El Paso, Texas. In a Skype interview with Balitang America, she said the community there has come together to lend a helping hand.

“Many interfaith organizations, individuals, all have come together to provide transportation to bus stations for immigrants when they’re ready to move on to their families,” Sapinoso said. “They’ve scouted for locations with showers and facilities that the immigrants can use. Food, clothes, medical attention – especially for those who came with different kinds of ailments like diarrhea and fever.”

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  • JRB
    18 June 2014 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Get them out of America go home where you came from? America can’t afford to feed other people that don’t belong here in America, it’s like you and your family came into my home to eat my family food and I didn’t ask you to come to my home? Shame very shame when we have to feed people we don’t know? Go back where you all came from? You all broke the law of America.

  • Filam
    18 June 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply