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USChurches Transformed Into Shelters for Influx of Migrant Families

17:06  14 may  2019
17:06  14 may  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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The First Unitarian Church is one of three that have helped provide accommodation to 55 migrants since Sunday, with the First Plymouth Congregational Church and Denver Churches in Denver have opened their doors to asylum seekers to help accommodate an influx of arrivals at the border.

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Churches Transformed Into Shelters for Influx of Migrant Families© Mario Tama/Getty In the wake of a surge of asylum seekers, including many families, arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, churches have been opening their doors for those in need of refuge.

After dozens of asylum seekers were bussed from Texas and New Mexico to Denver overnight this past week to help relieve overcrowded shelters, churches stepped up to open their doors and provide shelter, as well as donations, to migrants.

At one Denver church, the First Unitarian Church, organizers showed the Associated Press the shoes, clothing and toiletries they had amassed.

"This church is very progressive and social justice [is] not just for immigrants or asylum seekers," one of the organizers, Jeanette Vizguerra, told the news agency.

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Churches Transformed Into Shelters for Influx of Migrant Families . " Families that have been planning for weeks to celebrate Mother's Day by being able to see their long-estranged loved ones are left in the lurch—their basic humanitarian needs to be with their families unmet," Border Network for

The migrant - shelter business has been booming since family separations began on a large scale last month along the southwest border. In recent years, a number of migrant youth shelters have run into problems unseen by the public: fire-code violations, lawsuits claiming abuse, and complaints from

Vizguerra came to the U.S. as an asylum seeker and is still fighting to stay in the country. She said the church had been one of several to respond to an emergency call to house asylum seekers over the weekend.

Asylum seekers, she said, began to arrive at around 2 a.m. on Monday after taking an overnight bus to Denver, where churches were ready to welcome them.

"This is a real humanitarian crisis," Vizguerra said. "Crime is very high, and these people are only coming here for security and for a better life for your kids."

The First Unitarian Church is one of three that have helped provide accommodation to 55 migrants throughout their congregations since Sunday, with the First Plymouth Congregational Church and Denver Community Church also opening their doors.

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Migrant families are also overwhelming processing facilities operated by the Yuma sector of the Border Patrol, which covers western Arizona. Many of the asylum-seeking families released from Border Patrol custody end up at Our Lady of Soledad in Coachella. Agents from the El Centro sector typically

seekers from crossing the U.S. border outside of designated ports of entry, Graham told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo that he wanted to see the number of days migrant children could be held in detention Churches Transformed Into Shelters for Influx of Migrant Families .

"Denver will always be a welcoming place for people seeking refuge," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in a statement.

"I am proud of our community for proactively stepping in to provide support in uniting these individuals with their family and friends," Hancock said. "They deserve our compassion, not condemnation."

Vizguerra said she knew from firsthand experience how difficult the coming months, and potentially years, ahead will be for asylum seekers as their cases make their way through the immigration court system.

"It's not a short process it's a long process and continues in the courts," she said. "I have [a lot] in my hands and on my back, and sometimes I'm very tired, and I'm very frustrated...I need to continue fighting my case and fighting other cases."

According to AP, it is likely that the bus trips from New Mexico and Texas will continue, though it is unclear how long churches will be able to accommodate asylum seekers.

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Yet even before the migrant influx , synagogues, Jewish schools and other organizations operated only under constant police protection. Even before the tide of migrants , some Jews worried that anti-Jewish sentiment was again becoming acceptable. Tamara Anthony, 38, a journalist at the public

CFR’s Edward Alden argues that families "know exactly what will happen to their kids—they will be taken into While some migrants have stayed in HHS shelters , mostly along the U.S.-Mexico border, many more have been The influx of unaccompanied migrants has strained already tight budgets.

Newsweek has contacted the office of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, as well as the First Unitarian Church, First Plymouth Congregational Church and Denver Community Church for comment.

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