Another busload of migrants arrives at a Phoenix church, something that’s been happening frequently across the Valley since early October, but churches are stepping up to help, though they have little to no resources.
Pastor Agustin Hubert of Longview Community Church near 12th Street and Osborn Road took in 75 migrants Wednesday morning. It’s the first time he says he’s been called to help.
“They’re here for two, three, four days. We give them a meal. We give them a shower, new clothes,” said Hubert.
Mesa Pastor Magdalena Schwartz, estimates close 5,000 migrants have been dropped off at local churches since October 12th. She’s been working closely with ICE to find temporary shelter for them. Most migrants stay either at churches or with host families before they are connected to family in the U.S. as they wait for their asylum cases to be heard.
“We don’t know when it’s going to stop. From what we hear, it’s not. So we’re preparing for at least the next six months to do this,” said Hubert.
They are still in need of donations, including money, clothing, children’s shoes and food. To donate, you can drop off items at
Magdalena Schwartz's office
116 N Lindsay Rd. Suite 15
Mesa, AZ 85213
Longview Community Church
1301 E Whitton Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85-014
ICE released the following statement:
“To mitigate the risk of holding family units (FAMU) past the timeframe allotted to the government, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decides, on a case-by-case basis, whether FAMUs will be detained pending immigration proceedings. In making these determinations, ICE officers weigh a variety of factors, including the individual’s criminal record, immigration history, ties to the community, risk of flight, and whether the individual poses a potential threat to public safety. Aliens are fully advised of the terms and conditions of their release.” – Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, ICE Public Affairs officer