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The Immigration Debate - 04/04/21 - Segment 3
- Welcome back, everyone. Nonprofits are stepping up to manage donations and volunteer support for the migrant children being housed at the Kay Bailey Hutchison convention center in Dallas. We get to the point with Dr. Albert Reyes of Buckner International about what his group and others are doing.
Albert Reyes: The role of Buckner is really to support Catholic Charities of Dallas. Trusted World is the other organization. What Catholic Charities has asked, as the lead agency in supporting this effort, is for us to handle sort of the humanitarian aid needs. The basic needs that they will need. Catholic charities is taking the lead on Spanish speaking volunteers, which are needed. And then they've outsourced the collection of donations of goods that may be needed here in the coming weeks.
- If you would please describe what some of these needs are. We haven't really had a look inside. As of this interview recording we haven't. What is needed in there? What's it look like?
Albert Reyes: Well you know, some of the basic needs that we're expecting to collect are shoes, socks, underwear, pants and shirts, sweatshirts, jackets. Things that are practical like-- that are practical like antibacterial wipes, hygiene items, those kind of things. We're letting folks know that if they go to buckner.org/migrantdonations people in the community, viewers, can look up the list on that particular website and then they'll give instructions for where and how to send them and make them available.
- Why do you think it's so important for nonprofits to participate in this kind of aid, in this kind of an operation? This is something that typically is done by the government, but obviously there's sort of an all call right now for help. But why is it important for you all to step up and sort of fill that gap.
Albert Reyes: Right. Well, you know the government is initiating the action and we just want to be supportive out of our mission and sense of wanting to serve other people. You know, we didn't know who to contact. The Dallas Morning News demonstrated through the article that Catholic Charities was to go to agency. And so, that's the key and lead agency. So I contacted the CEO Dave Woodyard. He was very open and said, I don't know if we can help, but you know, if you need help, here's what we can do. So we began even a new relationship
Michael, over at Trusted World, also got in and so we feel like part of the Dallas community is that we're benevolent, we're sharing and giving and frankly, some of our donors and volunteers are asking us what are we going to do. And so there's an expectation that we at least will prepare and be ready when and if that opportunity arises.
- The arrival of these teenagers here. Something that has not drawn in a lot of attention. And as a result criticism on one side, obviously support on the other. What's it like for an organization like yours to get involved with something like this knowing that this is sort of a hot button issue for so many people right now?
Albert Reyes: Right. Well, we operate out of our mission. This in the minds of some is a controversial issue and differing views on the situation, but in our case Buckner International serves vulnerable children, families, and seniors. We serve children families on both sides of the border. Actually, we are located in Honduras and Guatemala. And trying to serve families where they are so that they don't feel like their only choice is to come north to be able to survive. But in the event that they do cross the border by whatever means, we don't really look at that issue as much as the fact that they need help and they need support whether they're in Texas or south of the border. So we don't really look at the border as an obstacle, we just encounter people that need help. And because of our faith beliefs, those are our neighbors wherever they are. And we live in the global village. So we want to be of support and help
- We'll be back with a final thought. Right here on To The Point.