These past few months, the U.S Border Patrol has reported approximately 2,000 unaccompanied minors in their custody. As children continue to arrive, minors should only be held for up to three days before they are taken to the Department of Health and Human Services as per standard protocols but, this process is now taking much longer.
In an interview with CNBC with the Associated Press, lawyers who visited the Texas facility reported “kids were taking care of kids” and there was “inadequate food, water and sanitation.” Seven children have died in immigration custody since June and about a handful of casualties have resulted since then. This has sparked public emotions and concerns as even Wayfair employees staged a walkout after the finding that the company they were working for sold beds and mattresses to a Texas detention camp.
Government agencies responded with charge of immigration operations that they simply don’t have enough funding to suitably handle the current flood of immigrants.
The bottom line is, Congress is still figuring out what to do with this influx of immigrants coming into the country, but thanks to private organizations like Act Blue and Raices, these self-organized foundations have helped thousands of people from all over the world with legal help.
Reports have stated that it is better to donate money than physical items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. The Texas Tribune reported that U.S. customs turned away donations of food, sanitary supplies, diapers and toys.
Here are more confirmed and legitimized organizations that you can continue to work with and donate:
ACLU – The American Civil Liberties Union, as its focus is on the defense and rights of immigrant families. Note, that the ACLU is not a charity (so this won’t be tax deductible).
United We Dream and Immigrant Justice Corps – both coordinate advocacy and legal immigration services at a national level.
Border Angels – advocates for humane immigration through a network of volunteers who provide water jugs to areas of high-traffic migrant paths”.
The Florence Project – a legal aid organization provides free legal services to those detained in Arizona. You can help out as a translator, researcher or pro-bono attorney.
Freedom of Immigrants – an advocacy center that sets up immigration detention visitation programs at 42 detention centers around the country.
Research is key to donating however, for any cause. So, make sure you know who is collecting your money.
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