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Palomas 2020/2021/2022

In May 2019 our UU congregation began supporting the Deming NM shelter for asylum seekers on their way to sponsors. We were a collection site for our county. With those donations we packed food travel bags (GoBags) as well as sent clothing, medical supplies and food for the shelter. All of that ceased in fall 2019 when the border was “shut,” and the Remain in Mexico (MPP) was strictly enforced. The shelter for asylum seekers in Palomas, Tierra de Oro, held a relatively stable number of guests waiting and waiting and waiting… and we transferred our support to them.

In June 2020 Border Patrol started expelling dozens of Title 42 migrants (preventing anyone from entering the US due to COVID 19) daily and mostly at night into Palomas. These guests at the shelter may only stay 1 or 2 days but most are in dire need of food, sleep and first aid before they decide where to go next. And because of the pandemic they had to be kept separate from the asylum seekers. At our UU building we continue to have a biweekly collection of supplies for the shelter. These supplies are transported to Deming, NM and then sent across the border by officially sanctioned individuals.

In February 2021 we began to pack GoBags again for the migrants subject to Title 42. We pack at least 250 bags a week as well as continue to provide for the asylum seekers at Tierra de Oro in Palomas. The fire station in Palomas has also opened to T42 migrants. What we are able to do is dependent on donations from our wider community, both locally and nationally. As of early 2022, the Deming shelter has opened again for asylum seekers heading to sponsors in the US.

Our role will continue evolve as border policies evolve. You can read below the last three weekly posts with updated information on Palomas and Deming, as well as the current needs for the migrants and asylees. If you would like to personally receive these posts, contact Barbara Gabioud at bgabioud@gmail.com.

Additional note to our UU listserv: If you would like to help us on a collection Wednesday or be a driver to Deming, please let me know.  The generosity of our community will warm your heart. 

Note:  Driven by the hope for a better future, many migrants who are being expelled from the US will continue to try to re-enter, regardless of the dangers and hardships they face.

9/28/2022

First a story and then a celebration…We were on a trip in the midwest recently and I heard this story from a friend. 

 
"My old fishing buddy had a large extended family of Mexicans move in next door. One day he walked down the hill to introduce himself. He had quite the ability to be direct. He explained that he did not want a family of poor Mexicans living next door, rather he wanted a family of rich Mexicans living next door. So he asked what they were skilled at...framers, roofers and drywall folks. He introduced them to some local contractors and they were off and running!”  If only we could all see the valuable resources our country would have in so many professions that immigrants offer; if only we would give them legal work permits.

 And the celebration…Look closely at the first two pictures below. The first was taken August 10th as the Colores United shelter in Deming was just starting to relocate to their new home. The second is the same shot on Monday!! A complete transformation into a welcoming environment to receive guests. The rest of the building is just as impressive.The third photo is an invitation to their Open House this coming Saturday,

 
October 1st. I plan to be there and I hope I see you there also.  

 
OUR NEXT COLLECTION IS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5th 

Here is the comprehensive list of requests for Palomas and Deming with the most needed in RED (and they can change weekly). 

 For our 800 GoBags per month items, if you are out of our area and can order from Amazon, Costco, Walmart or other outlets, they can deliver directly to us. Email me for a delivery address…it’s not our mailing address.

 GoBags include: CRACKER PACKS, WELCH’S FRUIT SNACKS, GRANOLA/BREAKFAST BARS, and small cans of VIENNA SAUSAGES. We also need INDIVIDUAL PACKETS OF ELECTROLYTES. 

 STILL NO CLOTHING EXCEPT WOMENS AND MENS ATHLETIC SHOES, NEW UNDERWEAR in all sizes for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. SPORTS BRAS, SOCKS and 40” SHOELACES. LARGE SIZE MENS SHOES (10 AND OVER) ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY.

 Personal hygiene supplies: FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS, RAZORS, DEODORANTS, BODY LOTION FOR DRY SKIN, VASELINE/LIP BALM, small SOAPS, SHAMPOO, TOOTHBRUSHES and TOOTHPASTES.

 Baby supplies include: PEDIALYTE, DIAPERS, BABY WIPES, DIAPER CREAM, SMALL CANS OF SIMILAC or NIDO FORMULA, BABY BOTTLES.

 Other food items: RICE, BEANS and CUP-OF-NOODLES.

 Additional Supplies: BACKPACKS and DUFFEL BAGS for travel, and TOILET PAPER.

 We collect donations on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 3:00-3:30, at the UUFSC building, 3845 N Swan (not our mailing address) in Silver City. You can drive straight down on either side of our collection vehicles. We will get you unloaded and then you can drive out easily. If you are bringing any of the above GoBag items, please let the crew unloading your car know about them. If you would like to read my last 3 posts they are available on our UU website uufsc.com. It might give you ideas of other needed supplies. Click on the Palomas/Deming 2022 link on the left side of the page. Or you can dig deeper on our  Fellowship’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UUFSC all the way back to May 2019 when our project started.

 To contribute financially you can mail checks made out to UUFSC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City) with Border in the memo line to UUFSC, PO Box 4034, Silver City, NM 88062. Thank you everyone! ~Barbara


UUFSC Palomas photo

UUFSC Palomas photo

UUFSC Palomas photo


9/15/2022

Today, once again, a few shout outs! First, to Max, who works 24/7 at the fire station in Palomas, and who celebrated a birthday earlier this week. Next, to the airport security office in El Paso who is providing us with much needed face masks for our GoBags. Then, to the great facelift that Colores United is giving their new Centro in Deming (no longer screamin’ green). And lastly, to a donor who answered our call for a car donation to Border Partners; the title transfer has already happened. 

And now the rest of the story…

The big immigration story this week, that I’m sure you’re seeing in the news, is the huge Venezuelan influx of asylum seekers who have no resources or sponsors in this country, who are crossing from Juarez into El Paso. Organized crime in that country have pushed the myth that all they have to do is get to our border (after paying transport fees to the cartel) and all will be provided for them by the US government. Venezuelans are not subject to Title 42 (Covid) expulsion. All local shelters are above capacity as well as Border Patrol and ICE. We have reached a tipping point. And as you know, the federal budget only runs to the end of September and FEMA funding is running out. If Border Patrol starts releasing asylum seekers into Las Cruces or other NM cities, as it did in 2019, it could trigger an emergency at the state level. 

Currently, most asylum seekers are voluntarily traveling to New York City, Chicago and DC via bus. Both the City of El Paso and the above named cities are coordinating and managing this transport in as efficient and practical manner as possible.  In fact, I happened to be in Chicago and saw the coverage last week as the first buses arrived there. The mayor, Lori Lightfoot, welcomed them and offered assistance in conjunction with local NGO organizations. The first buses from the border were sent without warning by Texas governor Greg Abbott, who sent them as “ammunition” aimed at sanctuary cities. Illinois’ Governor Pritzker reached out to Governor Abbott but says he has been wholly uncooperative. In fact, the state of Texas has been using state tax monies at approximately $1700 per person to a select bus company compared to alternatives such as Greyhound, for $150-350. I wonder who’s pocketing the profits… (I didn’t say that)

The upside is that a much stronger network of shelters and organization is solidifying across the country. More receiving cities are also being considered so stay tuned in your area. 

 

OUR NEXT COLLECTION IS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST and STILL NO CLOTHING EXCEPT WOMENS AND MENS ATHLETIC SHOES, NEW UNDERWEAR in all sizes for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. SPORTS BRAS, SOCKS and 40” SHOELACES. 

Here is the comprehensive list of requests for Palomas and Deming with the most needed in RED (and they can change weekly). 

For our now 800 per month GoBag items, if you are out of our area and can order from Amazon, Costco, Walmart or other outlets, they can deliver directly to us. Email me for a delivery address…it’s not our mailing address.

GoBags include: CRACKER PACKS, WELCH’S FRUIT SNACKS, 16 OZ BOTTLES OF WATER, GRANOLA/BREAKFAST BARS, CRACKER PACKS, and small cans of VIENNA SAUSAGES. We also need INDIVIDUAL PACKETS OF ELECTROLYTES and GALLON SIZE ZIPLOCK STORAGE BAGS.

STILL NO CLOTHING EXCEPT WOMENS AND MENS ATHLETIC SHOES, NEW UNDERWEAR in all sizes for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. SPORTS BRAS, SOCKS and 40” SHOELACES. LARGE SIZE MENS SHOES (10 AND OVER) ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY.

Personal hygiene supplies: FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS, RAZORS, DEODORANTS, BODY LOTION FOR DRY SKIN, VASELINE/LIP BALM, small SOAPS, SHAMPOO, TOOTHBRUSHES and TOOTHPASTES.

Baby supplies include: PEDIALYTE, DIAPERS, BABY WIPES, DIAPER CREAM, SMALL CANS OF SIMILAC or NIDO FORMULA, BABY BOTTLES.

 Other food items: RICE, BEANS and CUP-OF-NOODLES.

Additional Supplies: BACKPACKS and DUFFEL BAGS for travel, and TOILET PAPER.

We collect donations on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 3:00-3:30, at the UUFSC building, 3845 N Swan (not our mailing address) in Silver City. You can drive straight down on either side of our collection vehicles. We will get you unloaded and then you can drive out easily. If you are bringing any of the above GoBag items, please let the crew unloading your car know about them. If you would like to read my last 3 posts they are available on our UU website uufsc.com. It might give you ideas of other needed supplies. Click on the Palomas/Deming 2022 link on the left side of the page. Or you can dig deeper on our fellowship’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UUFSC all the way back to May 2019 when our project started.

To contribute financially you can mail checks made out to UUFSC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City) with Border in the memo line to UUFSC, PO Box 4034, Silver City, NM 88062. Thank you everyone! ~Barbara

UUFSC Palomas photo

UUFSC Palomas photo

UUFSC Palomas photo


8/27/2022

First an important detail! Since there are 5 Wednesdays in August, the next collection isn’t until September 7th. And since my last email was a little heavy on political maneuvering around Title 42 and MPP (Remain in Mexico), I’ll keep it simpler today.

Because of your generous donations we are funding a new small bathroom in the Palomas fire station (see the supplies below) as well as a few bunk beds to expand their capacity. And starting in September we will be increasing the number of GoBags we send to Grupo Beta from 500 to 800 per month. It’s thanks to you that this is happening. 

Obviously this speaks to the reality that migration and asylum seeking is not over. Migrants’ home countries are rife with violence that I know you have been seeing and reading about, as well as the devastating effects of climate change that we’re experiencing all over our country as well. Currently the Colores United shelter in Deming is receiving 200 guests every week and helping them reach their sponsors elsewhere in the US. Some, like Sergio from Venezuela (see photo), have pitched in to help with the transformation of Colores’s new center.

And for a reality check… I know most of us in Grant County were thrilled with the 2+ inches of rain we received last weekend but in Palomas our wonderful border wall created havoc. A friend visiting there last week reported that “due to the slope of land from Deming through Columbus to the Border, and due to the HUGE amount of rain they have had, ..... the wall is stopping the natural flow of water where once there was no wall.  (I'm sure due to debris piling up at the base, and impeding the natural flow.) As a result, when there IS a gap for the water to go through or under the wall, the water simply POURS into Palomas at these concentrated points.  To date several businesses and homes have been severely flooded.  Just one more reason to acknowledge that this wall is totally absurd!”

On to what else is still needed ….   Especially for our now 800 per month GoBag items, if you can order from Amazon, Costco, Walmart or other outlets, they can deliver directly to us. Someone asked if that was possible AND IT IS!  Email me for a delivery address. 

Here is the comprehensive list of requests for Palomas and Deming with the most needed in RED (and they change weekly).

GoBags include: CRACKER PACKS, WELCH’S FRUIT SNACKS, 16 OZ BOTTLES OF WATER, GRANOLA/BREAKFAST BARS, and small cans of VIENNA SAUSAGES. We also need INDIVIDUAL PACKETS OF ELECTROLYTES, and FACE MASKS.

STILL NO CLOTHING EXCEPT WOMENS AND MENS ATHLETIC SHOES, NEW UNDERWEAR in all sizes for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. SPORTS BRAS, SOCKS and 40” SHOELACES. RIGHT NOW LARGE SIZE MENS SHOES (10 AND OVER) ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY.

Personal hygiene supplies: FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS, RAZORS, DEODORANTS, BODY LOTION FOR DRY SKIN, VASELINE/LIP BALM, small SOAPS, SHAMPOO, TOOTHBRUSHES and TOOTHPASTES.

Baby supplies include: PEDIALYTE, DIAPERS, BABY WIPES, DIAPER CREAM, SMALL CANS OF SIMILAC or NIDO FORMULA, BABY BOTTLES.

 Other food items: RICE, BEANS and CUP-OF-NOODLES.

Additional Supplies: BACKPACKS and DUFFEL BAGS for travel, and TOILET PAPER.

We collect donations on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 3:00-3:30, at the UUFSC building, 3845 N Swan (not our mailing address) in Silver City. You can drive straight down on either side of our collection vehicles. We will get you unloaded and then you can drive out easily. If you are bringing any of the above GoBag items, please let the crew unloading your car know about them. If you would like to read my last 3 posts they are available on our UU website uufsc.com. It might give you ideas of other needed supplies. Click on the Palomas/Deming 2022 link on the left side of the page. Or you can dig deeper on our fellowship’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UUFSC all the way back to May 2019 when our project started.

To contribute financially you can mail checks made out to UUFSC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City) with Border in the memo line to UUFSC, PO Box 4034, Silver City, NM 88062. Thank you everyone! ~Barbara

UUFSC Palomas photo

UUFSC Palomas photo




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