Donate Funds to Support Asylum-Seeking Families Released By Border Control, Arizona$4887.00 out of $21000.00 donated
Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona
The Casa Alitas Program serves migrant families who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty. We provide care, short-term shelter and help to reunite with family members in the U.S.
Most migrants arriving in our community are parents, children, and pregnant women from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Most have traveled from their homes, through Mexico, to reach Arizona, a journey of several days to weeks.
In Arizona, the Border Patrol typically turns them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE provides them with documentation and orders to report to an immigration hearing. Recently, the Border Patrol began releasing some families without going through ICE. This has resulted in an increased number of families being released into the community who need our assistance.
ICE or Border Patrol drops the families off at a Casa Alitas hospitality center. As many as 240 travelers arrive at our hospitality centers in a day.
Who are the migrant families?
We serve migrant families and pregnant women who:
- Have been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Border Patrol
- May travel to join family members already in the United States
- Are awaiting an immigration hearing
What we do:
Our hospitality centers give families a safe place to rest, rehydrate, eat, and care for their children. We provide a change of clothes, hygiene items, and a chance to wash up.
Volunteers greet the travelers and help them contact family members and arrange bus transportation. Families receive travel bags filled with essential items before they leave.
Guests who are unable to depart the day they are released may spend the night at a Casa Alitas shelter, staffed by volunteers and Catholic Community Services.