The majority of America may be aware of what’s going on at the border in Texas, but most definitely Texans do. The borders in Texas have seen thousands of illegal immigrants coming over, and not just from Mexico. Now, as everyone else – we have no issue with immigrants coming to America, the correct way.
This has been an ongoing issue ever since Brandon took over office, and many have tried making both him and the laughing hyena aware of what’s going on. We see many things that aren’t good coming through such as drugs, contraband, and parentless children, among many more things. Despite this fact, no one in the office has looked twice at the border, and nothing has been done or is being done to help the situation.
This is where others begin to rise up. Governor Gregg Abbott has taken some actions to help alleviate the issue like putting up a wall in Texas themselves. However, the groups that are involved are no longer strictly political. We find God using people to help the situation in different ways and ways that ultimately matter more than anything during these trying times.
As the Brandon administration prepares to end Title 42, faith-based houses are going up along the Mexico border. The pandemic time strategy has permitted the Border Patrol to dismiss nearly 2 million transients at the border in the last two years. In any case, the numbers continue to climb this year.
We find that in El Paso, Border Patrol secured over 200,000 individuals in April alone! Contrasted with 178,795 in 2021. From the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday, a volunteer at the Baptist shelter cooks sausage and French toast for sixty families, handed off by Border Patrol the prior night after migration handling. The sanctuary offers lodging, meals, clothes, showers, and even transportation to the El Paso air terminal and bus stop. From that point, transients travel to family or different supporters around the nation.
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“This is just one of the stops on their journey from wherever they’re coming from,” says Pastor Kelly Knott who oversees the ministry supported by 84 churches in the El Paso Baptist Association as well as Southern Baptists across the state. “We want to make sure that when they stop here with us, especially on this border town in El Paso, Texas in the United States, they see the love of God.”
Pastor Kelly shares the glad tidings of God with the people coming through and says the greater part are open to the message and respond.
“Really, no one cares how much we know, but how much we care,” he says. “So whatever we can do to sow in any little way.”
Ruben Garcia directs the Baptist shelter and twelve or so other faith-based sites across the metro region. He established Annunciation House, the center point, quite a few years back, he’s made an organization of safe houses in response to what’s going on.
Garcia says his confidence inspires him to really focus on the travelers who frequently cross with the most meager belongings.
“The God of creation identifies first and foremost with the least among us. Matthew 25. It doesn’t get more clear than that,” he says.
Another volunteer, Martha Lay has worked with migrants in El Paso for years, first at Annunciation House and most recently with Pastor Knott. She manages the dress service, giving an entire wardrobe change to those in need after a long and troublesome journey.
“As a Christian, I think we need to be helping our brothers and sisters,” she says. “I want to come and serve and help them in whatever capacity I can.”
These safe houses additionally see enormous support and cooperation between Border Patrol and local ministries. Dylan Corbett, the establishing chief head of the El Paso-based Hope Border Institute says one of the untold stories could make ready for more of a permanent solution.
“This is a community where a lot of people are Border Patrol agents, where a lot of people work for immigration enforcement so we know we have to find solutions so we work them out at the local level,” he said. “That’s what gives me hope. That’s what gives me confidence that one day, we’ll get to real reform in Washington, D.C.”
While Brandon and his goons continue to look the other way and focus on more important issues like how to inflate things more, or the next pandemic, Garcia watches trends and numbers continuing to skyrocket as he seeks after more faith-based shelters in other communities, such as Dallas and Denver. He’s hoping that we don’t see more blockades of people trying to get through the El Paso shelters, clogging up the system and creating more of a backlog.