El Paso, Texas, Jul 30, 2019 / 23:25 pm
A Catholic diocese has teamed up with a local immigration aid group to help refugees on the western Texas-Mexico border.
The Catholic Diocese of El Paso and the HOPE Border Institute introduced a new Go-Fund-Me drive on Monday.
Entitled the “Border Refugee Assistance Fund,” it will work to provide material aid to refugees and immigrants seeking asylum, especially from Central America.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration unveiled a “Remain in Mexico” policy requiring asylum seekers at the southern border to remain in Mexico while immigration courts process their case – a procedure that may take years.
Since the policy was put in place, thousands have been stuck in Ciudad Juárez, which is located on the Mexico side of the border from El Paso. Numerous non-profit and faith-based organizations have offered aid, but faith leaders and immigration advocates have expressed concern that resources are still lacking.
“Because of policies like Remain in Mexico, our sister cities in Mexico face the unprecedented challenge of meeting the basic humanitarian needs of refugees forced to remain in that country as they make their asylum claims,” stated the Go-Fund-Me profile.
Within 24 hours, the account had already raised over $8,000, with a goal of $100,000. The money will go to help feed, clothe, and shelter asylum seekers and refugees in Ciudad Juárez.
“The need in Juarez is tremendous,” said Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, according to ABC 7 KVIA.