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Migrant Children Crisis

The proposed emergency shelters for children in Dallas will not be opening. Thankfully, the need has decreased in recent weeks. However, some migrant children will still be united with family members in the Dallas area. Attorneys and Spanish interpreters are still needed, and donations are still being accepted for ministry along the South border.

What Churches Can Do Now:
  • Attorneys are needed to represent children in their legal proceedings. Check with Human Rights Initiative or Catholic Charities for more information.
  • Spanish interpreters needed to assist attorneys with legal representation. Contact eomalley@ccdallas.org, Catholic Charities of Dallas, or register to join the interpreter team being gathered by Deborah Balyeat, executive director of Spanish with a Mission.

  • Foster families. Children are expected to be placed with American foster families through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. For more information, see Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services or Catholic Charities, Fort Worth. 

  • Collect shoes or host a shoe drive in your church. NEW, closed-toe athletic shoes in youth sizes 1-7 are needed. www.buckner.org/shoes.  Shoes may be dropped off at the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid, 5404 Shoe Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149 from 8 a.m. -4 p.m., M-F.

  • Sort Shoes and prepare them for shipment to the Rio Grande Valley. Contact Megan Horton, 214-939-7179, at the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in Dallas.

  • Several opportunities available on the border through Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery

  • McAllen:  Volunteers are urgently needed to assist the Sacred Heart Relief Center working with family units. This center minister to families, mostly single mothers and single fathers with small children, who have crosse dthe border and are on their way to stay with family in the U.S. These family units have traveled long distances and many have no additional possessions beyond the clothese they are wearing. At the relief center, they receive a shower, donated clothese, food and rest before they begin their long journey by bus. Anyone interested in sending a volunteer team may contact Vanessa Quintanilla at (956) 279-5515 or Marla Bearden (214) 537-7358 for housing information and date confirmation.

  • Donate to Texas Baptists' For the Children fund (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the green "give" triangle).
  • Donate to Buckner International's Disaster Relief Fund.

  • Join the advocacy movement For His Children, a messaging and mobilization campaign to serve unaccompanied children entering the United States of America by way of our southern borders. The campaign, led by National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/CONELA, is comprised of more than 400,000 Latino evangelical churches in the USA and Latin America in collaboration with ministries such as Buckner International, Convoy of Hope, and Somebody Cares.

  • Catholic Charities is accepting donations to help with the migrant children they currently serve. Contact Catholic Charities for more details.

  • Serve in the Rio Grande Valley for a few days or weeks through Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery.

  • Specific needs in McAllen, Texas
  • Specific needs in Laredo, Texas

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area in Gatesville is serving as a drop-off location for items needed in McAllen. Their address is 502 E. Main St., Gatesville, TX 76582. Drop off times are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The area office will accept donations until August 29.  After that date, the donations will be delivered to McAllen.

 

Want to know more?

Read a fact sheet from Human Rights Initiative about unaccompanied migrant children in Texas.

See details of the Texas Baptist response.

Read/listen to Dr. Russell Moore's interview on NPR. Dr. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Read Buckner International's Response

Read the Texas Baptists' Christian Life Commission Resolution on Immigrant Children Crisis

For a public policy perspective, see the Center for Public Policy Priorities' report.

 

 

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