Faith groups come to the aid of Haitian migrants and denounce mistreatment | New
Her church also raised donations and the coalition set up an Amazon wishlist that included juices, hand sanitizer and snacks. The response – from U.S. and Haitian organizations and distant individual donors – has been overwhelming, Young said.
The camp numbered over 14,000 people at its peak. Many Haitian migrants are deported and flown back to Haiti, but many others who gathered in Del Rio have been released in the United States, according to two US officials.
The Department of Homeland Security transported Haitians from Del Rio to El Paso, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas border, and added flights to Tucson, Ariz., Said one of the responsible. They are handled by the border patrol at these locations.
The El Paso Baptist Association offers migrants COVID-19 testing and provides them with food, clothing and a place to sleep while they contact family members or other sponsors. Since the end of July, the association has helped more than 300 migrants, mostly Haitians, and expected many more to arrive from Del Rio, said Larry Floyd, the group’s executive director.
Catholic-led nonprofits and other faith-based organizations have long been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border, providing essential services to two sides of the Rio Grande.