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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.

5/25/2022

#$@%^&^%#&  I’m sure you recognize code for my reaction to the latest court ruling on Title 42. And I won’t say anything about Uvalde, Texas. But if you follow Heather Cox Richardson, she wrote a very solid piece last night in support of gun control.   Now breathe…

Here are a few tidbits from Border Report on Monday

* Friday’s ruling on title 42 is a political decision that violates the rights of individuals seeking refuge and will send people straight to criminal organizations that will put their lives in danger.

Title 42 is not applied evenly across nationalities. For example, Mexico agrees to take back migrants only from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. For other nationalities, however, high costs, poor diplomatic relations and other considerations make it difficult for the U.S. to fly migrants to their home countries under Title 42. Instead, they are typically freed in the U.S. to seek asylum or other forms of legal status.  Cubans, Colombians and Venezuelans wade through waist-deep water, step into Border Patrol vehicles, and are soon released in the United States to pursue their immigration cases. In fact, Cubans were stopped more than 35,000 times in April, and only 451, or barely 1%, were processed under Title 42.

*But on the bright side, the City of El Paso on Monday passed an emergency ordinance committing public resources to migrant humanitarian relief efforts. The move allows the city manager to temporarily assign municipal employees to migrant shelters that are critically low on volunteers in the middle of a migrant surge. When will we see Deming do the same to support Colores United as they did in 2019.

In Deming, Charlie Cat’s Diner (see photo below from Morgan Smith) has opened for take-out and delivery. Menu photo also. Dine-in follows next month. 100% of the profits support Colores United! Here’s their website charliecats.org or on Facebook, Charlie Cat’s Diner.

Our next collection day is Wednesday, June 1st, from 3:00-3:30. Below is our ongoing comprehensive list of needs for both Palomas and Deming. The items that are currently most needed are in RED (and they change weekly). NO MORE PLASTIC GROCERY SACKS

Medical needs: COUGH DROPS, ALLERGY AND COLD MEDICINES, TYLENOL FOR CHILDREN, IBUPROFEN, VITAMINS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS, EAR DROPS.

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

Baby supplies include: DIAPERS, BABY WIPES, DIAPER CREAM, FORMULA ( SMALL CANS) SIMILAC or NIDO, BABY BOTTLES,  BABY/KID CLOTHES NB TO SIZE 4, BABY/KID SHOES UP TO SIZE 4

 
We pack 250 GoBags of food each week for Palomas and Deming that include: CRACKER PACKS16 OZ BOTTLES OF WATER, WELCH’S FRUIT SNACKS, GRANOLA/BREAKFAST BARS, and small cans of VIENNA SAUSAGES. We also send INDIVIDUAL PACKETS OF ELECTROLYTES (Propel on Amazon and Walmart).

New or gently used clothing for women, men and children: SHORTS (all sizes), ATHLETIC SHOES IN SIZES 7-8-9-10 FOR MEN AND WOMEN. SPORTS BRAS and 40” SHOELACES. NEW UNDERWEAR in all sizes for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

Additional Supplies: CUP-OF-NOODLES, BACKPACKS and DUFFEL BAGS for travel, CLOROX, LYSOL/FABULOSA for cleaning, 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 other posts they are available 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

5/11/2022

First of all, thanks to everyone who volunteered to help pack GoBags. It’s an ongoing weekly project. We also have a few more We Believe yard signs ($10) available on our collection days. 

This past weekend was Mother’s Day, a holiday I will always remember as the catalyst for our border project. Below, in PURPLE, is the original email we received from Thelma Moore (middle picture), via her daughter Joyce Jaime, 3 years ago. We’re all a little more organized now, but if you read it, the needs and the people haven’t changed much. And Thelma’s granddaughter, Ariana (to the left of Thelma), is still our go-to organizer. All three of these women have been wonderful mothers yet found it in their nature to care for so many others. 

And for anyone who is a WILL member, there will be a class offered on June 6th about the history of our border project. I’m sure there will be new information, given that the supposed end date of Title 42 is May 23rd. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. Sign-ups start next week.

Our next collection day is Wednesday, May 18th, from 3:00-3:30. Below is our ongoing comprehensive list of needs for both Palomas and Deming. The items that are currently most needed are in RED (and they change weekly). If you have connections to any motels or hotels, we have had good luck in the past getting extra personal hygiene supplies. NO MORE PLASTIC GROCERY SACKS

Medical needs: COUGH DROPS, ALLERGY AND COLD MEDICINES, TYLENOL FOR CHILDREN, IBUPROFEN, VITAMINS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS, EAR DROPS.

Personal hygiene supplies: FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS, RAZORS, DEODORANTSBODY LOTION FOR DRY SKINFLIP-FLOPS for showers, VASELINE/LIP BALM, small SOAPS, SHAMPOO, TOOTHBRUSHES and TOOTHPASTES.

Baby supplies include: DIAPERS, BABY WIPES, DIAPER CREAM, FORMULA ( SMALL CANS) SIMILAC or NIDO, BABY BOTTLES,  BABY/KID CLOTHES NB TO SIZE 4, BABY/KID SHOES UP TO SIZE 4 

We pack 250 GoBags of food each week for Palomas and Deming that include: CRACKER PACKS16 OZ BOTTLES OF WATER, WELCH’S FRUIT SNACKS, GRANOLA/BREAKFAST BARS, and small cans of VIENNA SAUSAGES. We also send INDIVIDUAL PACKETS OF ELECTROLYTES (Propel on Amazon and Walmart).

New or gently used clothing for women, men and children: SHORTS (all sizes ) JACKETS, GLOVES AND HATS; JEANS, SWEATSHIRTS, SWEATPANTS AND ATHLETIC SHOES IN SIZES 7-8-9-10 FOR MEN AND WOMEN. SPORTS BRAS and 40” SHOELACES. NEW UNDERWEAR in all sizes for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

 Additional Supplies: CUP-OF-NOODLES, BLANKETS OF ALL SIZES, BACKPACKS and DUFFEL BAGS for travel, CLOROX, LYSOL/FABULOSA for cleaning, 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 may 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

5-14-2019 email

Urgent Need for Help & Greetings from your Deming UU Friends

 If you've been following the news you will know that the Border Patrol has been dropping newly arrived asylum seekers in Deming. Last night's influx was 35 individuals dropped at McDonald's, and 85 from Lordsburg dropped off at the fairgrounds. We've been feeding about 100 new arrivals each day. They all seem to have the paperwork necessary to make their way to sponsors across the country but their immediate needs are great.

Practically anything that can travel light as the travelers move on with their journey is appreciated, but particularly, these:

Clothing/shoes - All sizes but mostly petite women and sm/med men. Children included - all sizes and shoes all sizes up to about men's 8/9.
Baby items,Toiletries, Socks, Shoelaces (the government removes them when folks are detained), Children's toys - little dolls or things with minimal pieces that travel well, Bags, suitcases, duffel-bags, 

Money is also needed to help cover the meals that are being prepared. Most of these people will spend 3-5 days here with nothing before they're taken to the airport or bus station and go on to their final destination. If you need further details, feel free to contact Ariana directly.

 



UUFSC Palomas photo

UUFSC Palomas photo

UUFSC Palomas photo

4/27/2022

In my last email, I mentioned the shenanigans of Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas. He held up commercial traffic at the border this month, "allegedly to root out immigrants crossing the border illegally." His “enhanced” truck inspections didn’t catch a single unauthorized migrant, or an ounce of drugs!!! The slowdowns did, however, cost his state’s consumers and businesses roughly $4.2 billion, according to an estimate from a Texas-based economic analysis group, including through spoiled produce. I guess that’s a small price to pay for the political spotlight he gains. Luckily, his inspections were shut down.

AND…T42, T42, T42…At this point, this farce of a public health order is nothing more than a discriminatory mandate against black and brown migrants. It’s a “border control measure masquerading as public health policy.”  

Enough ranting… and onto more local and uplifting news. The Colores United shelter in Deming is inclusively referring to all their guests as “primos” (cousins) which is such a warm, welcoming moniker. If you visit you will see that in action. The photos below show many of our primos last week who were moving through Deming. 

And here’s an opportunity to volunteer…we could use a few more people willing to help pack our GoBags on Mondays 10-11 at the UU Fellowship building. We need a large enough pool of people so it’s not an every week commitment. Please reply to this email if you can help.

Our next collection day is Wednesday, May 4th, from 3:00-3:30. Below is our ongoing comprehensive list of needs for both Palomas and Deming. The items that are currently most needed are in RED. If you have connections to any motels or hotels, we have had good luck in the past getting extra personal hygiene supplies. 

Medical needs: COUGH DROPS, ALLERGY AND COLD MEDICINES, TYLENOL FOR CHILDREN, IBUPROFEN, VITAMINS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS, EAR DROPS.

Personal hygiene supplies: FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS, RAZORS, DEODORANTSBODY LOTION FOR DRY SKINFLIP-FLOPS for showers, VASELINE/LIP BALM, small SOAPS, SHAMPOO, TOOTHBRUSHES and TOOTHPASTES.

Baby supplies include: DIAPERS, BABY WIPES, DIAPER CREAM, FORMULA ( SMALL CANS) SIMILAC or NIDO, BABY BOTTLES,  BABY/KID CLOTHES NB TO SIZE 4, BABY/KID SHOES UP TO SIZE 4 

We pack 250 GoBags of food each week for Palomas and Deming that include: CRACKER PACKS, 16 OZ BOTTLES OF WATER, WELCH’S FRUIT SNACKS, GRANOLA/BREAKFAST BARS, and small cans of VIENNA SAUSAGES. We also send INDIVIDUAL PACKETS OF ELECTROLYTES (Amazon and Walmart).

New or gently used clothing for women, men and children: SHORTS (all sizes) JACKETS, GLOVES AND HATS; JEANS, SWEATSHIRTS, SWEATPANTS AND ATHLETIC SHOES IN SIZES 7-8-9-10 FOR MEN AND WOMEN. SPORTS BRAS and 40” SHOELACES. NEW UNDERWEAR in all sizes for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

Additional Supplies: Once again we need PLASTIC SHOPPING SACKS which I’m sure are lurking in your cupboards. CUP-OF-NOODLES, BLANKETS OF ALL SIZES, BACKPACKS and DUFFEL BAGS for travel, CLOROX, LYSOL/FABULOSA for cleaning, and TOILET PAPER. If you have OLD SMART PHONES, there are many people who can use them.  Be sure all your accounts are closed and wipe them as clean as possible of data/photos. The travelers need to be in contact with their sponsors in this country as well as tay in touch with agencies regarding court hearings, resources, etc.

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 may 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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