RAICES a nonprofit in San Antonio is dealing with 500 immigrant families that were left Sunday night by ICE at the center’s door. These are families who were released from private Texas prisons where they were being held.
RAICES is a refugee and immigrant center for education and legal services. Sunday night volunteers and workers had to hurry and find supplies, donations and even room for the mothers and their children. It appears ICE did not have a plan for this release. Here is what RAICES posted on Facebook Sunday night:
We need your help more than ever! Over 500 families were dropped off in San Antonio after being held in private prisons. Their disorganization led to the mothers to be released well past midnight of this past Sunday!
PLEASE HELP, GIVE WHAT YOU CAN
RAICES shared its immediate needs on Facebook. Please check out the list and do what you can to help these families.
1. Money! We spent over $1,700 on mattresses and bedding last night alone to accommodate everyone. You can donate here: www.raicestexas.org/pages/casa
2. In-kind donations of bottled water, medicine (most kids leaving detention are sick!), pens, diapers, and baby wipes. We also need extra cell phones for families to call their families in the United States. We have hundreds sharing 2 cell phones. In-kind donations can be dropped off at 1443 S. St. Mary’s St. in San Antonio. To have supplies be shipped order from: http://a.co/eg9Rndj
3. Spanish speaking volunteers are still needed. RAICES staff have been up past 3am the last two nights helping families. We need your support. People interested in volunteering should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please spread the word. And #EndFamilyDetention
Contact information for RAICES: Call (210) 226-7722
BACKGROUND ON RAICES
RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) was founded and incorporated in 1986 under the name of the Refugee Aid Project. During this time, Central Americans flooded into Texas after fleeing the civil wars and social upheavals of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Several churches and religious orders answered the needs of the new arrivals by providing food, clothing, language classes, housing, medical and legal referrals. The agency provided a forum for San Antonians to meet the new arrivals and learn first hand about the situation in Central America.
Rebecca Aguilar is the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a social media networking group on Facebook and LinkedIn for Latinas with more than 8,000 members.