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Local charities helping support influx of migrants

Hope to help caravan headed to the border
Posted at 9:53 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 01:23:11-04

For weeks, Catholic Community Services and the Tucson City Council have come together to collect donations for the migrants already in Tucson.  

Dozens of donation boxes and bins fill up rooms at the Ward 6 office in Midtown. Council Member Steve Kozachik says he doesn't see an end in sight for resources. 

"What we're trying to do is make sure they've got food, they've got clothing, they've got shelter," Kozachik said. 

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The migrant caravan now moving toward the U.S. won't reach our borders for at least two weeks. This time, they are likely headed to Texas. But earlier this year, a caravan left migrants on our doorstep in Nogales

Peg Harmon with Catholic Community Services says if they come to Arizona, she hopes national organizations who have already stepped in to help will continue to do so. 

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"As people have arrived and have needed support and assistance, we've been able to manage these numbers," Harmon said. "It's been a challenge, but we have been able to manage these numbers."

Harmon says even if the caravan does not arrive in Nogales, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decides where to manage them.

"Even if they would arrive in Texas, it's possible that they would enter somewhere other than the port of entry in Texas," Harmon said.

Over the past few weeks, Harmon estimates their efforts have helped 800 migrants with transportation to family members already in the U.S. and with food and clothing.

If you'd like to donate, you can do so at the Ward 6 office. Items in high need are backpacks, small toiletries, and small toys.