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Volunteers to the Texas border to help immigrant families

New Mexico group drives to El Paso to donate items for the refugees shelter.

EL PASO, Texas – In the midst of a national dialogue and a heated debate around families to be separated at the border, a group of volunteers decided to drive straight to the border to help.

Sara Saucedo, a paralegal in Albuquerque, together with Dr. Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley who are involved in immigrant policy work for eight years. They started a donation drive in Albuquerque more than two weeks ago, the collection of children’s clothing, shoes, diapers, hygiene items, and cash.

“My grandmother always used to say that it only took one voice singing in the dark,” Saucedo said. “I really feel that if you an injustice and you have the time and the strength and availability, you should do something about it.”

On Monday morning, they drove the donated items, along with volunteers in the three other vehicles full of gifts, of El Paso and arrived in the afternoon.

Saucedo and Garcia de Mueller is the vehicle of the property was donated to the Annunciation House, a home for refugees recommended by a local immigration advocacy center.

Garcia de Mueller met Jorge Gomez, a member of the board for the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, through mutual friends on Twitter. Gomez suggested that she donate the items to the Annunciation House.

The provision describes herself this way on her website: “almost 100 years old, some dilapidated, located on the outskirts of El Paso’s biggest barrio, and about ten blocks from the U.S./ mexico border, this two-story, red brick building is the home of thousands of refugees and homeless poor.”

“We have looked at organisations in the area, who will do the most good, and it is our understanding that the Announcement Property has direct access to the detention center itself… not a whole lot of organizations,” Saucedo said. “So, that was a real big driving factor—it is active use of children.”

“I’m not comfortable with how unsettling the idea of not housing children in detention centers has become,” Garcia de Mueller said. “I don’t think it needs to be a political issue, I think it needs to be a humanitarian issue.”

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Garcia de Mueller said that through the donation drive, she was also able to get a bag together for a woman released from a Phoenix detention center. She said that the woman got the bag before a driver took her all the way to New York City to be reunited with her children, who were detained.

“I’m not comfortable with how unsettling the idea of not housing children in detention centers has become,” Garcia de Mueller said. “I don’t think it needs to be a political issue, I think it needs to be a humanitarian issue.”

Gomez wore a shirt that read, “We are all immigrants, while helping the group solve the donated items.

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In total, the group has donated 16 bins full of children’s clothing, and about two dozen boxes of diapers and sanitary towels, a few bags of shoes, hygiene items, and $700 to Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.

“It is the small things that we can do. That is the reason why I appreciate the work that Jen, Dr. Garcia’s doing and I’m just happy to be here to help with that,” Gomez said.

Charlie Lapastora is a multimedia reporter based in Phoenix, Ariz.

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