Witness at the Border — Provide Supplies for Those Waiting in Mexico


Under the “Remain in Mexico” policy, migrants who request asylum are sent back to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases move slowly forward in the U.S. immigration court system. So far, at least 54,000 asylum seekers have been returned to wait in Mexico.

The conditions are deplorable with migrants oftentimes living in makeshift camps for months. They sleep outside in the cold and live without access to basic hygiene resources like a bathroom. The camps in Mexico’s northern border cities rank among the most dangerous in the country. Cartel groups and other illicit organizations target migrants with extortion and/or kidnappings, among other crimes.

The Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice, which the UU St Pete Social Justice Committee is a member of, has decided to support a national witnessing program at the Brownsville, TX/Matamoros, Mexico border. Some are traveling to the border with their passports to witness the conditions on both sides of the border. The goal is to shine a spotlight on the inhumane conditions and thus force the cancellation of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. 

We can also provide temporary relief by purchasing necessities for those camping in Mexico awaiting their court date. Here is what they now need: sweatshirts with hoods, underwear, gloves and socks. All sizes — adult and children

Because these supplies will be carried across the Border, there are some Customs requirements. No used clothing. Leave the price tags on the items and put them with the  sales slip in a bag and tie it shut. Place your donation under the Christmas Tree in Gilmour by January 5.  If you cannot deliver your gifts during a service – email Karen Coale to arrange for another delivery time. 

Thanks so very much!

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on December 23, 2019, at 2:11pm