Charities and attorneys in North Texas are strained as a result of the tidal wave of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally, hundreds of miles away at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Catholic Charities in Fort Worth has organized aid and shelter for more than 200 illegal immigrant minors from Central America. Heather Reynolds, the president of Catholic Charities Fort Worth, told the Fort Worth Star Telegram, “Our nation is facing a humanitarian crisis. We are called to step up.”
Most of the youngsters in Fort Worth have reportedly been reunited with relatives. Others were placed in foster care, according to the Telegram.
Reynolds’ organization is additionally assisting other charities set up housing facilities for the wave of minors.
Less than one hour away, in Dallas, charities are apparently attempting to train volunteer lawyers who will give legal advice to the migrants. Catholic Charities and Human Rights Initiative of North Texas–a nonprofit–sponsored a training session for people interested in doing pro-bono work for the immigrants.
In addition, Dallas has started a separate juvenile docket to accommodate the cases involving the migrant children, according to the Associated Press.
Charities have played an increasingly critical role in accommodating the young immigrants as federal resources and facilities have become completely overwhelmed. Daniel Tirado, a Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol spokesman, told Breitbart Texas that more than 1,000 individuals are apprehended for illegal entry into the U.S. each day.