Extreme poverty, political turmoil, gang violence and the mounting threat of deadly natural disasters has forced thousands of Haitian migrants to flee their homes in recent years in search of safety and a better life.
In recent days, an estimated 15,000 migrants including families, pregnant women and children, have arrived at the Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, seeking asylum in the United States. Migrants have converged under the bridge, creating a makeshift camp where the situation has turned dire. They are facing scorching temperatures, unsanitary conditions and shortages of food and clean water as they wait to be processed by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Many are also in need of basic health services.
Americares has offered assistance to two partner organizations directly supporting migrants in Del Rio and stands ready to respond with shipments of medicines, relief supplies and emergency funding to ensure they have access to health services.
Over the course of the past year, we have sent 10 shipments totaling over 8 tons to partners in NM, AZ, CA, and TX in response to the unprecedented surge in migrants attempting to cross the U.S. Southern Border.