Ways to Support Ministry to Migrants Along the U.S. – Mexico Border
Resources compiled by Alan Cross and EIT staff
Updated to March 26, 2020
As thousands of migrants per month are approaching the U.S. – Mexico Border from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California, churches in border towns and beyond have come together to help. Below are a few descriptions of some of what is happening and why …
- Watch this video from the EIT’s November 2019 Convening to hear how evangelical leaders are responding to the crisis at the border.
- Reuters has a detailed explainer regarding the Migrant Protection Protocols (also known as Remain in Mexico).
- BORDER CRISIS 101: ANSWERING YOUR BIGGEST QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS AT THE BORDERby Christin Wright-Taylor
- Mindy Belz of World Magazine discusses the situation at the border in asking “How Full Is Full?”
- Sophia Lee of World Magazine examines various stories and aspects of current immigration policy impacting migrants seeking asylum at the Southern Border:
A FEW ORGANIZATIONS YOU CAN SUPPORT …
- Abara Frontiers has become a supportive entity to support churches providing temporary shelters in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez for over 10,000 asylum seekers each month, networking with site directors, understanding needs, collecting & distributing donations, connecting volunteers, and hosting groups interested in border immersion & volunteer experiences.
- San Diego Baptist Association Ministry to Migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. Led by Juvenal Gonzales, this ministry is facilitating the disbursement of resources to churches who are housing migrants coming to Tijuana. They have been feeding hundreds per day and have been resourcing the overflow of migrants on the Mexico side of the border. Read about the ministry here. You can give to support this work here.
- Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico – Faith-based organization which provides support for migrant men, women and children. They focus on restoring dignity to migrants who are approaching the border or who have been deported. This is a Jesuit Catholic ministry that helps connect many groups and denominations with ways to help support Christian ministry at the border. Donate to their work here.
- The Global Immersion Project’s Borderlands Fund in San Diego/Tijuana. In close bi-national partnership with Mexicans on the ground in Tijuana, Global Immersion is mobilizing our national network to show up in very tangible ways in this moment of crisis on the border, as well as continuing in long term solidarity to mobilize a movement that continues in the work far beyond this unique moment. Specifically, the Borderlands Fund offers leadership to a network of Mexican churches who have been converted to migrant shelters, facilities job creation for migrants remaining in Tijuana and offers tangible humanitarian supplies.
DOJ RECOGNIZED LEGAL SERVICES STATE-BY-STATE
Migrants seeking asylum who have passed credible fear interviews and are waiting for their court dates are often in need of good legal representation. When engaging with them in ministry, one way to help is to make sure that they are well represented before their upcoming court date. The U.S. Department of Justice has a list of recognized organizations and accredited representatives by state and city that can be found HERE.
Many of these legal service providers are providing services with a distinctly Christian ethos, including those connected with World Relief, The Wesleyan Church’s Immigrant Connection, Immigrant Hope (affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America) and other local entities (like Camino Immigration Services in Orange County, CA).
This is an incomplete list of the various opportunities for ministry at the border. This page will continue to be updated. If there are additional ministries that you would like to see added, please send that info to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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