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Faith Based Groups Ask Travis Co. To Help Migrant Minors
Updated: Tuesday, July 22 2014, 07:24 PM CDT
Faith based groups want Travis County to help the migrant minors crossing the U.S. border.
On Tuesday, Austin Interfaith asked the Travis County Commissioners Court to help the children trying to escape Central America.
"These are children that are fleeing for their lives," says Carlot Garcia, a representative for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
At first commissioners expected to hear how several groups planned to provide personal necessities to the children. Efforts like the collection at St. James Episcopal.
"We are collecting items to bring to them, items that they have identified as most needed right now by the women, children and unaccompanied youth in McCallen," says Reverend Lisa Saunders.
But these groups say more needs to be done.
"Just this weekend at our church we collected 550 signatures calling on the city, county and Congress to basically transfer kids from Central America here to Central Texas so they can ensure they have the social services and legal protection that they are afforded under the 2008 Trafficking Victims Act," says Garcia.
It's a major difference from demands protesters made last week at the Mexican Consulate in Austin.
"The hearts of Travis County are big, we've got the highest ratio of lawyers to residents than any other part of Texas, we've got room here to receive these children," says Garcia.