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Local organizations have created a new site to help connect you with the different volunteer opportunities and donation needs of the refugee families arriving to the Rio Grande Valley.

The website, located at www.SouthTexasRefugees.Org, was developed by McAllen’s Calvary Baptist Church and is sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, The City of McAllen, United Way of South Texas, Salvation Army McAllen, Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and others.

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Obama announcement fix immigration systemSan Juan, TX—Today, Obama announced that he will use his administrative power to improve the immigration system. He did not go into detail but made it clear that the time has come for action and that the failure of the Republican Party to take up meaningful immigration reform legislation has pushed him to act.

The president announced that the first step is to move resources from the interior to the border. Meanwhile, he will be awaiting recommendations from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of the other ways that he can use his power to make changes to the system. He expects those recommendations by the end of the summer.

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We just received word that Wendy Davis has called on the Obama administration to provide attorneys guardian ad litem to advocate for the best interest of child refugees as part of her response to the crisis of minors and families arriving at our border. This is in addition to her widely publicized call for an increase in immigration judges.

The call for attorneys guardian ad litem was included in a letter Senator Davis addressed to President Obama June 23:

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Family detention was largely ended in 2009 after the T. Don Hutto facility was sued and protested over horrendous conditions. Now the Obama administration wants to resurrect family detention in response to the humanitarian crisis on the border.

Immigrant advocates protest the detention of families as the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas. Family detention was largely ended in 2009 after the T. Don Hutto facility was closed.

Immigrant advocates protest the detention of families as the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas. Family detention was largely ended in 2009 after the T. Don Hutto facility was closed.

Barbara Hines, co-direct of the University of Texas Immigration Law Clinic, represented families in the Hutto detention center. “Families fleeing violence in their home countries, many of whom are asylum seekers, should be released whenever possible, and as a last resort, housed in home-like facilities, that are not run by ICE nor private for-profit prisons.”

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