ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The growing immigration problem plaguing the nation’s southern border has left thousands of children seeking a better life awaiting deportation.
It has people across the metro pitching in, hoping to make a difference while those children wait.
“Children are our future wherever they come from,” Sylvia Ramos said.
For the thousands of children, some as young as 5, and many fleeing Central America, the waiting game is on as they prepare to be sent back to wherever it is they were running from.
“It’s quickly become apparent that this is a humanitarian crisis and that the children are refugees,” said Anita Amstutz, the pastor at Albuquerque Mennonite Church.
It’s a crisis that Amstutz is taking personally. Over the weekend, she asked parishioners to donate items to help those kids at the border.
“How we care for one another is absolutely of upmost importance as human beings,” Amstutz said.
Donations of diapers, canned food and clothing have been showing up.
Sylvia Ramos is doing what she can.
“I’m hopeful it’ll be a big help to them,” Ramos said.
Those pitching in say “grown-up politics” and problems at the border shouldn’t be taken out on the children.
“As a mother, it really upset me to see these children suffering,” Sayrah Namaste said.
So everyone here is coming together, stuffing two cars full of items, to send to the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces which has been taking in some of those children awaiting the next step.
“I was really amazed at the generosity of this church,” Namaste said.
Working alongside “Project Oak Tree,” which helps out refugees, the goal is to simply do good – even if it’s just temporary – knowing that ultimately, much more needs to happen.
“This is a band-aid, this is a humanitarian solution but it’s not addressing the root causes of it,” Namaste said.
Donations are also pouring in from a church in Rio Rancho.
Volunteers will pick up goods Monday, too, at the Quaker Church at 6th and Bellamah. They are looking for things like rice, beans, tortillas, milk and toiletries.