Supplies for Detained Kids in Clint, TX

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UPDATE SUNDAY JUNE 23RD: The total raised after GoFundMe fees was $2,967.86, surpassing our goal of $2000. We will purchase $2000 worth of supplies for the children in detention, then donate the other $967.86 to Annunciation House in El Paso. This morning we purchased $1609 worth of supplies, and we will spend the remainder of the money allocated for supplies today or tomorrow. Supplies purchased already include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, diapers, tampons, pads, underwear, socks and antiperspirant. We purchased supplies in accordance with the stated needs of Annunciation House ( https://annunciationhouse.org/support/house-needs/) so that we can meet their needs if CBP prevents us from delivering the supplies to the children in detention. We spoke to two CBP officers last night: the first officer (based in El Paso) stated that the situation “is a mess all along the border and we need help,” and that the need for supplies for people in detention is widespread; the second officer, who answered the phone at the Clint Border Patrol Station and seemed to be reading from a script, stated that the children in Clint are receiving daily showers and three meals per day, and they don’t need anything, which clearly contradicts the reporting from the New York Times and other outlets, as well as the testimony of lawyers. We are driving from DFW to El Paso on Wednesday, and will attempt delivery of the supplies to the Clint CBP station on Thursday morning. We cannot get down there any sooner due to work and family commitments. Thanks again to everyone who donated and spread the word!


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for your amazing generosity! We have reached our goal! If you were planning to donate, please consider donating to Annunciation House in El Paso or another charity or organization of your choice that works with immigrants and asylums seekers along the southern border. Please do not submit any more donations to this GoFundMe campaign. We will post updates over the next few days re the purchase of the supplies for the children and our travel to the CBP facility in Clint, Texas.

Annunciation House: https://annunciationhouse.org

RAICES Texas: https://www.raicestexas.org

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio: https://www.immigrationadvocates.org

Angry Tias and Abuelas: https://www.volunteersotx.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=90548

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On June 21st, Caitlin Dickerson reported in the New York Times that hundreds of children are being held at the border patrol facility in Clint, Texas, in unsanitary conditions. The children are in desperate need of toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, diapers and sanitary products, as well as water, food and clean clothes. We are seeking financial donations so that we can purchase supplies for the children, which we will then deliver to the CBP facility in Clint, Texas, hopefully as soon as Wednesday, June 26th. If the CBP agents refuse to allow the supplies to be distributed to the children, we will donate the supplies to Annunciation House in El Paso, a shelter for immigrants, and we will document the exchange with CBP in writing, and, if possible, with photos and video. We will then work to have the story disseminated via newspapers and social media. Our primary goal is to deliver supplies to the children, but if that is not possible, we will donate the supplies to Annunciation House and publicize the government and CBP's failure to provide adequate care for the detained children. We hope to buy at least $10 worth of supplies each for 200 children.

ABOUT US: Nathanael O'Reilly, Tricia Jenkins and Jeremy Bennett are educators and parents who live in Fort Worth and Dallas. We are taking action because we believe that all human beings have the right to seek asylum and that the most vulnerable among us, in this case migrant children, especially need care and protection. If the government will not protect and care for the children, citizens must take action.
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Clint, Texas Donation Campaign Update

We left early yesterday morning from Dallas and Fort Worth and drove to Clint and El Paso to deliver the supplies. We arrived back in DFW this evening after covering 1200 miles in about 36 hours.

Here’s what we learned about the border crisis from our experience:

We drove down to El Paso and the Clint Border Patrol Station on Wed and had the chance to speak with border patrol public affairs officers, news reporters who had been allowed inside the Clint detention facility yesterday, as well as volunteers from the Annunciation House and La Casa del Refugiado, who work with asylum seekers once they’ve been released from detention.
Most of the asylum seekers are Central American families and most of them are children. A volunteer at the Annunciation House said she had not seen anyone over 54.
For the last several weeks/months, Annunciation House was seeing 400-700 people crossing the border to seek asylum each day. In the last week, those numbers plummeted to 40 per day. This is because of Trump’s agreement with Mexico to hold the asylum seekers in Mexico until Border Patrol can process them. They are only processing about 30 people a day.
This system is problematic because there are no shelters on the Mexican side. People are literally waiting in whatever shade they can find, with scarce water/resources. The temperature is around 100 degrees most days. People are growing impatient and deciding to cross the Rio Grande on their own, leading to drownings like we saw two days ago.
The ACLU is filing a petition with the courts in the next few days, calling the Mexican holding system unconstitutional since all humans have a right to seek asylum and not be turned away.
BPS told us on Monday that they did not need any supplies, that the kids in their detention centers were getting “three square meals a day plus snacks,” and that they were doing their job sufficiently. They also said they were not legally allowed to accept donations.
Other border patrol officers, however, told us they were inundated and that “it was a mess” everywhere. We were not allowed to donate our supplies to the Clint Border Patrol Station.
Reporters allowed inside the Clint station yesterday learned that while kids were technically getting “three meals,” they were oatmeal, a bowl of Ramen, and a burrito.
The Clint facility is designed to hold 100 people for a maximum of 24-72 hours. There are currently 117 children there, down from 300 just a few days ago. Children are being held there for as long as a month, without their parents. There is only proper air conditioning in one section of the facility. The temperature is well over 100 degrees most days right now.
No public information has been released explaining where the other 200 kids have been taken. We have heard reports that they are now in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
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Thanks to the generosity of all our donors, we just donated $943.89 to Annunciation House in El Paso to help support the great work they are doing with migrants seeking asylum. We spent the other $2000 on supplies and are driving them down to El Paso tomorrow. We will still go to the Clint CBP station, but understand that we will almost certainly be turned away.
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The total raised after GoFundMe fees was $2,967.86, surpassing our goal of $2000. We will purchase $2000 worth of supplies for the children in detention, then donate the other $967.86 to Annunciation House in El Paso. This morning we purchased $1609 worth of supplies, and we will spend the remainder of the money allocated for supplies today or tomorrow. Supplies purchased already include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, diapers, tampons, pads, underwear, socks and antiperspirant. We purchased supplies in accordance with the stated needs of Annunciation House ( https://annunciationhouse.org/support/house-needs/) so that we can meet their needs if CBP prevents us from delivering the supplies to the children in detention. We spoke to two CBP officers last night: the first officer (based in El Paso) stated that the situation “is a mess all along the border and we need help,” and that the need for supplies for people in detention is widespread; the second officer, who answered the phone at the Clint Border Patrol Station and seemed to be reading from a script, stated that the children in Clint are receiving daily showers and three meals per day, and they don’t need anything, which clearly contradicts the reporting from the New York Times and other outlets, as well as the testimony of lawyers. We are driving from DFW to El Paso on Wednesday, and will attempt delivery of the supplies to the Clint CBP station on Thursday morning. We cannot get down there any sooner due to work and family commitments. Thanks again to everyone who donated and spread the word!
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Thanks to everyone for your amazing generosity! We have reached our goal! If you were planning to donate, please consider donating to Annunciation House in El Paso or another charity or organization of your choice that works with immigrants and asylums seekers along the southern border. Please do not submit any more donations to this GoFundMe campaign.
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