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As the border surge continued, migrants were transported to various towns across the country. On Wednesday, about 70 were taken to a church in Dallas, but only temporarily while nonprofits worked to help them reach their final destination.
“It’s not their final destination, it’s their transit point,” said Almas Muscatwalla, executive director of Faith Forward Dallas in Thanksgiving Square.
The nonprofit is comprised of clergy from different faiths and provides crisis management and advocacy for those in need.
“We provide hospitality, we expedite their travel plan and from this point, they go to their destination, to their families and sponsors,” Muscatwalla said, also referring to the court hearings attended. of migrants likely seeking asylum. . “We want to expedite this process here, so that they can be with their families and get to their court date so they can have a better future.”
About 7 a.m. Wednesday, Muscatwalla said they received about 53 migrants from El Paso, then at midnight 23 from another detention center in Anson.
He said it was the first week of months they brought people in, but they were preparing.
“Personally, I can tell you that I’m a migrant, I’m from Mexico and I’ve been through the same experience with these people,” said Isabel Marquez, Associate Pastor of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church.
He said 30 years ago, he was in the same situation as people who walked through the door of his church. Marquez said he had been in the detention center for four months and knew what migrants were going through, which is why he made sure to make the space friendly and attractive.
“The first words they receive here when they arrive, like‘ Welcome, they’re safe here and that God loves them and we do too, ’” Marquez said. “So we’ll do everything in our end to help them.”
Volunteers were the backbone of the operation and after providing the migrants with food, clothing and temporary shelter, they were also assisted with transportation to get to the airport.
“The main thing I do is put together all the different pieces, and work with volunteers who are specifically helping to express the word, helping to organize what our needs are, what hours, when when people need to be here and then help make sure everything bases are covered, from transportation to food to volunteers to medical, ”said Jennifer Stinson, a volunteer and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints.
“We hear so much in the news about these events about these people, so many things about them, but when you come and spend time with them, it changes you, it changes your heart, changes your perspective, changes your understanding of what they’re going through in their lives, and as Almas said, what we’re both like, ”Stinson said.
The church says it plans to receive at least one bus load of migrants per week from here to abroad.
They need volunteers, to find out more information, click here.
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