Sunday, September 26, 2021

Play

New Yorkers voice concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional and state voting districts; and providers ask the Supreme Court to act on Texas' new abortion law.

Play

The January 6th committee subpoenas former Trump officials; a Senate showdown looms over the debt ceiling; the CDC okays COVID boosters for seniors; and advocates testify about scams targeting the elderly.

Play

A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

TX Volunteers Frustrated as Migrants are Trapped in Mexico

Play

Thursday, August 29, 2019   

EL PASO, Texas – Volunteers who have been helping desperate migrants arriving in El Paso say they're frustrated to see those people now being forced to stay in Mexico.

The Trump administration pressured the Mexican government to stop migrants before they can ask for asylum in the U.S.

Teva Gabis-Levine volunteered to coordinate for Annunciation House, a temporary shelter in El Paso. He says there are as many as 15,000 people – mostly central Americans – now backed up in desperate conditions in Juarez.

"There are people out in the plaza,” he states. “There are people in the basements of churches, in order to be some sort of deterrence."

The Trump administration defends the conditions asylum seekers face, saying they will discourage others from trying to come to the U.S.

Gabis-Levine says Annunciation House went from sheltering as many as 1,000 new people a day last winter to seeing 100 or fewer per day.

He says it was a stretch, but volunteers there could at least help people get on their feet and, within a few days, head out around the country to meet up with sponsors. He says he was impressed with how ordinary people stepped up to make that happen.

"Folks who brought shoes for people who were dropped off without shoes,” Gabis-Levine relates. “Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and assembling bags that we would send folks on their journeys with."

Annunciation House was described as "the Ellis Island of the southwest border" in the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

Gabis-Levine says in Mexico, the migrants are subject to far worse conditions and live under the threat of serious violence. He says it's hard for him to watch.

"After this occupying every waking moment of my life for six months, it's emotionally very difficult to know that that's happening a stone's throw away and not really being able to do anything about it," he says.


get more stories like this via email

The climate resilience package includes $1.5 billion for measures to better defend the state against wildfires. (Peter Buschmann/U.S. Forest Service)

Environment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Climate activists are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing a $15 billion climate action package Thursday, but argued he …


Social Issues

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Some New Yorkers are voicing concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional, State Senate and …

Social Issues

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan advocates for children and families are praising many of the investments in the 2022 state budget passed this week…


According to the World Health Organization, about one in six people age 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in community settings during the past year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There is strong public support in Iowa to enact a state law that criminalizes elder abuse, a topic also being discussed by law …

Environment

SALT LAKE CITY -- A researcher at the University of Utah said plans for generating renewable energy should include a power source right under our feet…

Arkansas farmers produce more than 9 billion pounds of rice each year. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, and a new grant will help farmers explore ways to transition the industry to …

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers in charge of redistricting have approved a preliminary draft of new legislative boundaries, but voters' …

Social Issues

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A New Mexico legislator is optimistic a bill will pass in the 2022 session to prohibit life sentences for juveniles convicted of …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021