Posted: Jun 2, 2014 7:12 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2014 7:49 AM
BROWNSVILLE - The Federal Emergency Management Administration asked the Texas Baptist Men for help to deal with children who enter the country illegally.
The Baptist group helped agents at the Fort Brown Border Patrol Station. The volunteers brought trailers equipped with showers and washers and dryers.
Federal laws require that illegal immigrants be bathed and fed within 72 hours of being taken into custody.
The Baptist group spent more than two weeks in Brownsville caring for the children. The volunteers said they are used to dealing with natural disasters. They said the stories they heard from the mouths of the children shook them to their core.
"I met a little 3-year-old boy who had come across by himself. He had paperwork with him, contact information for family members in the United States. He basically got across the border without his parents," Texas Baptist Men Volunteer Terry Henderson said.
FEMA asked the group to help while the agency finds a permanent contractor.