MISSION, TEXAS – The very best variety of undocumented migrants one south Texas nonprofit welcomed in at some point: 2,000. And portion of them examined Positive for COVID-19.
To answer the inflow, a Mission, Texas, public park is now a quarantine web site.
For 2 weeks, Anzalduas Park is the place migrant households go to be examined for COVID-19 and to quarantine if crucial.
“As soon as we reached 2,000, there was one thing that I mentioned due to COVID, we have to isolate, preserve protected and away from everyone else,” mentioned Sister Norma Pimentel, government director of the Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley.
Catholic Charities RGV’s respite middle in McAllen, Texas, is one cease alongside the migrants’ journeys. The earlier web site was a lodge, however with 2,000 individuals arriving, the middle was moved to the park for more room.
Catholic Charities Respite Middle itself can present shelter for round 1,200 individuals.
“Greater than half of what we’re seeing, of two,000 individuals, a 1,000 or extra are youngsters,” Sister Pimentel mentioned.
Two of these youngsters embody migrant Ingrid Cal’s 3.5-year-old and 4-year-old, who have been sick alongside the 17-day journey from Guatemala.
“It’s tough as a result of the youngsters have been sick. We concern for the youngsters’ security crossing by way of Mexico however with God’s assist we made it right here,” Cal mentioned.
Pregnant girls like Mariela Osorio from Honduras are additionally taking the danger. Osario, who eight months alongside, mentioned, “I’ve heard of girls being abused, however fortunately nothing has occurred.”
Cal and Osorio will seemingly find yourself at Anzalduas Park to be examined for COVID-19. Even when just one particular person in a household assessments Positive, the whole group will stay on the park.
“When individuals go to, they will’t inform. They don’t see immigrants on the streets, individuals mendacity on sidewalks,” mentioned Roy Rodriguez, the town supervisor of McAllen. “That’s as a result of we’ve gotten fairly good at this operation.”