For those who may want to help with the ongoing US/Mexico border immigration crisis: Here are some missions and agencies to consider:
Redeemer Presbyterian Church San Antonio Texas has a substantial medical mission that seeks external help, and undoubtably will continue the outreach. Here's a list of the kinds of volunteers they've been looking for:
U.S. / MEXICO BORDER MISSION
- Adults (18 years and older)
- Medical Personnel Needed – Dentists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Nurses (RN, LVN), Dietitians, Health Educators, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Assistants, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Laboratory Technicians, Students, etc…
- Non-medical Personnel – Spanish translators, Childcare, Initial Screeners, Prayer Team Members, etc.
Additional to the agencies listed above under Quartz.com: here are a few that can be accessed by the international community, (US citizenship not required to donate/participate):
- RAICES Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (San Antonio) - raising money to reunite refugee children with their families. Also see the RAICES Facebook Page.
- Catholic Charities of Houston
- Al Otro Lado, a binational organization that offers legal services to deportees and migrants
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Silver City, New Mexico Border Ministry is in continuous need of Food, Health & Hygiene items, Apparel, School Supplies, Home supplies....
As previously reported on Exploring Liturgy - see Voces de Ambos Lados - an annual event: Eucharist is held standing in the muddy waters of the Rio Grande river, which defines the border of Mexico and Texas: Bilingual Eucharist in Waters of the Rio Grande
Living Life on the Border
An interesting photo-essay on Border life: brothers Yonathan and Jordan Moya spent 9 days traveling along the US Mexico border, documenting ordinary life there for their project (2017) Border Perspective
Below: photo of the Rio Grande river, that defines the border between Texas and Mexico. Separation and Migration Photos from: BBC, Channel 4 News; border protest (climbing wall) by ABC.net.au, and a photo from Border Perspective (Moya brothers).