Community-based organizations in El Paso are leading the effort to meet the growing needs of migrant families — children and adults — seeking asylum due to the current conditions in their home countries, particularly in Central America. El Paso, Texas is home to countless immigrants, and has been at the forefront in working with authorities to assist these migrant families.
Currently, in El Paso, families are being separated upon apprehension. Migrant children are being placed at a temporary shelter in Tornillo, Texas, 40 miles east of El Paso, and are in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Their parents are prosecuted and detained at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in El Paso. It is unclear if and when these families will be reunited.
A donation to the Migrant Families Relief Fund will help provide for short, mid- and long-term needs ranging from basic needs to shelter and legal services. The El Paso Community Foundation will accept donations for all of the services listed below, based on their timing and need. All credit card and administrative fees will be waived — 100% of donations will pass through to provide direct services, with due diligence performed on the grants by a Nationally-Accredited Community Foundation.
Donations will be disbursed to:
• Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services — Provides direct legal services to the immigrant children separated from their families.
• Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center — Provides legal services to the asylum-seeking parents being separated from their families.
• Annunciation House — Provides refuge to migrants.
• Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee — Helps pay immigration bonds that release migrants from detention, helping them reunite with their families, avoid bail bond lenders, and improve their chances in immigration court.
Local Artist— Patrick Gabaldon to help raise money for the fund
Mr. Gabaldon has generously lent his talents to the Migrant Families Relief Fund by allowing the Fund to use his colorful graphic design. All proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will go to the Fund.
An attorney by day and artist by night, Patrick Gabaldón is an El Paso native who sees himself as a product of the beautiful culture and spirit found in the borderland. He makes it his quest through art to show others the colorful interpretations of the cross-border culture that inspire him. He blends vibrant city urbanscapes with vast expansive skies and earthy tones of the West Texas Chihuahuan Desert. His work has been exhibited in restaurants, art galleries, the El Paso International Airport, Southwest University Park and the University of Texas at El Paso.