Immigration advocates representing non-profit organizations in the El Paso and Southern New Mexico region launched the “COVID-19 Borderland Mutual Assistance Fund.”
“El Paso is a community of immigrants. In keeping with the Mission of DMRS to engage in public advocacy and community outreach to advance justice and protect the rights of those we serve in the spirit of gospel values, this collaboration will provide needed support to local families that are experiencing added difficulty and pressure due to the current pandemic,” said Anna Hey, Deputy Director at Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services (DMRS).
“These are El Paso families; our friends and neighbors. When they suffer, our entire community suffers. God bless them and God bless those willing to provide for the least among us.”
DMRS officials share that thousands of vulnerable families in the immigrant community were excluded from receiving Economic Impact Payments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of these families are already excluded from other Federal and State assistance programs due to their status.
“This community will survive COVID-19, but the uncertainty and insecurity people face in the meantime undermines our economic dynamism and social vibrancy. We cannot afford to ignore the suffering of the most vulnerable in this moment,” said Gloria Amesquita, Executive Director of Mexicanos en Exilio.
“Our community must step up; we still hope that the government will lead in providing an inclusive safety net for everyone, but in the meantime we will do utmost to make sure that people can keep a roof over their heads, food on their tables, and hope in their hearts.”
The money raised will be given directly to families in the Borderland who contribute to our community and greatly need our help.
“Thanks to Mexicanos en Exilio for giving hope and support to our borderland families and for showing us that we really can get through this challenging time by pulling together. Please support the COVID-19 Borderland Mutual Assistance Fund,” said Dylan Corbett, Hope Border Institute Executive Director.
Established in 1986, DMRS is the largest provider of free and low cost immigration legal services in West Texas and New Mexico.