How to Help Migrants at the US-Mexico Border

Roughly 5,000 asylum-seekersare trapped on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border as the United States seeks to bar entry, even though this is unlawful. Images of the so-called “migrant caravan” have been haunting, and many people are wondering how they can help. We’ve rounded up some resources, so you can join Care2 activists in supporting those looking for a second chance in the U.S.

Before delving into the many ways to help, some myth-busting: You may have seen the “immigrant caravan” in the news recently, but this isn’t the first such collective — and, in fact,groups moving in solidarity together like this aren’t uncommon.

It is also perfectly legal to request asylum– after all, you need to be in the U.S. for the “affirmative asylum process.” The circumstances of your arrival are not supposed to have any bearing on your application.

And while many people were shocked by the deployment of tear gasthis weekend, it’s not the first time law enforcement have used it for “crowd control” on the border.

Legal and Language Services

Unless you’re an attorney who speaks Spanish, Mayan or other indigenous languages used by people in the caravan– andyou have experience with immigration law — in which case learn how to volunteer with the Texas Civil Rights Project here,your physical presence at the border may not be very helpful. But there are still lots of ways you can contribute.

Financial Contributions

Money is perhaps the most vital need, to pay for legal fees, basic supplies and other needs. The following organizations can use financial support:

These entities provide legal aid, humanitarian supplies, counseling and other supports to immigrants year-round, including during the current crisis. Some also need volunteers,like translators, and they may accept in-kind donations. Check their websites for updated needs!

Sponsorship

There’s another important way you can provide material support: Agree to sponsor someone after their release from detention. If you’re able to be a sponsor, you can provide details to Showing Up for Racial Justice so they can match you with a potential sponsee. To do so, you must be a U.S. citizen and undergo a screening call.

Demonstrations

Participating in local marches and demonstrations– or supporting them if you can’t attend– can be valuable as well. As the events of the weekend highlighted, the federal government responds differently when it feels the eyes of the public on its operations. Demonstrating, especially if a march route includes a detention facility, immigration court or ICE office, makes it clear that the public is watching — and that people care about what is happening.

Political Support

You can also contact your representatives to express your concerns about this unfolding human rights situation. We need more immigration judges and personnel who can process asylum applications to address the huge backlog of cases — because it’s the right thing to do, and many of the people asking for help are here because of U.S. foreign policy decisions, like those that indirectly fuel drug cartels. It is also imperative that we put a stop to family separation, allow people to lawfully request asylum, closecostly and inhumane immigration detention facilities and stop demonizing South and Central American immigrants.

Photo credit: Jonathan McIntosh/Creative Commons

43 comments

Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E10 days ago

shelley w
As you say you're from Canada, how should WE treat "imports" from the US ?
Do YOU participate in Government programs such as medical, pensions, less expensive pharmaceuticals and on and on. IF you're from the US, feel free to return so a person seeking asylum can take your spot..

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E10 days ago

@ Steve F
From what I have read, seen and heard from people IN Mexico with these asylum seekers, Mexico is NOT looking after them as you state.. Living and sanitary conditions are deplorable and many ae becoming ill BECAUSE of these conditions..
We won't even mention food and clean fresh water or shelter. SUCH compassion

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Steve F
Steve F10 days ago

It puzzles me why anyone wants to help these people. Mexico is looking after them. After all, Mexico is responsible for the situation, not stopping the caravan at its own border.

These Hondurans and Guatemalans have turned down Mexico's offer of asylum and jobs. They prefer America's riches. For those Americans who are feeling especially compassionate, there are plenty of homeless persons and hungry children who are citizens.

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Shelley w
Shelley w10 days ago

These are not true asylum seekers. They are not fleeing war or religious or political persecution. These are economic migrants looking for a better life, the vast majority are young men who should be working to put pressure on their own governments to start making political decisions that help their own countries. Open borders are a recipe for destroying America and making it a third world country like the ones all over the world.

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Janis K
Janis K11 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Ben O
Ben O11 days ago

I wish that I knew what to do... : ~ (

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E12 days ago

@ kay b
Just one more thing FYI !
I'd worry more about the crooks on YOUR side of the border (trump and all his swamp dwellers)
You seem OK with a POTUS who seems to give a pass to a murdering Saudi, a murdering Russian who has now further invaded the Ukraine waters and captures sailors, a liar like Manafort who is as big a con man as trump but trump thinks he has been treated "unfairly", 2 of trumps kiddies who were quite well aware of daddy's dealings in Russia during the primaries. I wonder what that says about folks like you who support THAT criminal behaviour.
This article IS about tying to at least help or understand the plight of these asylum seekers.

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David C
David C12 days ago

thanks, do your best

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Anne M
Anne Moran12 days ago

Good luck getting money for these organizations , that no one has ever heard of...

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E12 days ago

kay b
Just where did you read that ?? Show your source !! Fox, infowars ??

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