Women and children fleeing violence in Central American countries are resting at Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville, TX. The local shelter is a beacon of hope for homeless, low-income families providing food, clothing and free educational classes.
Tuesday, Executive Director Jack White explained Border Patrol without advanced notice, transported 60 migrant women and children who have been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sister Norma Pimentel with Catholic Social Services oversees the Catholic Respite Center in McAllen, quickly responded with donations of clothing and shoes.
The release come as Customs and Border Protection has seen a spike in illegal crossings. Human Rights organizations in the Rio Grande Valley argue the uptick is due to “metering” at Ports of Entry. “Metering”, as described in a Department of Homeland Security Office Of Inspector General 2018 report adds credence to their argument, “while the Government encouraged all asylums seekers to come to ports of entry to make their asylum claims, CBP managed the flow of people who could enter at those ports of entry through metering, which may have led to additional illegal border crossings.”
CBP officials are releasing individuals at the southern border instead of transferring them to ICE with the instructions to appear at an asylum hearing. Justice Department data suggests 75% of non-detained migrants attend immigration court dates.
It’s unclear how long CBP will release migrants to Good Neighbor Settlement House.
Donations can be made here https://www.facebook.com/GoodNeighborSettlementHouse/