Catholic Charities bring hope to reunified families at the south

Catholic Charities bring hope to reunified families at the southern border

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The federal government has two days to reunite families separated under the president's zero tolerance policy. Nearly 1,700 children between ages 5 and 17 are still waiting in detention facilities or refugee centers. The Trump administration reported that it's reunited about 1,200 families, parents separated from their children older than age five. When these families do reconnect, they're left to figure out almost everything on their own.

"Every day we get a group it varies, sometimes fifty sometimes less sometimes more families," said Sister Norma Pimentel, director of the Catholic Charities office in McAllen, Texas. "All the families get the opportunity to take a shower get cleaned up, get clean clothing eat, rest and wait, they are waiting for their bus to go, so right before their bus leaves an hour we make sure we take them to the bus station which is just two blocks away."

In addition to providing food, shelter, and grooming services, Catholic Charities is also assisting with the legal process.

"One of the very important things for them is to show up to immigration and to understand that immigration process," said Pimentel. "They are here in the United States if they want to be considered to stay they must go before the immigration office and begin that process you know."

Immigration and Custom Enforcement released parents after fitting them with a GPS ankle monitor, that allows these families to remain in the U.S. while working through the legal process. Many migrants have families and friends in the U.S. who will sponsor them while they settle their immigration cases.

Sister Norma said since the office opened in 2014. Volunteers have been helping refugees from all around the world, but are now focusing on migrant families from Central America. She said hundreds of migrant families enter the facility daily and it's running short on non-perishable food, clothing and hygiene items.

If you would like to help Catholic Charities in its efforts you can do so by following the this link. https://www.catholiccharitiesrgv.org/donations.aspx

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