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Posted: Jun 24, 2014 7:19 PM

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:05 PM

BROWNSVILLE - Families from across the United States are calling shelters in the Rio Grande Valley looking for loved ones who crossed the border illegally.

Workers at one shelter in Brownsville said the calls are constant.

One of the illegal immigrants at a Brownsville shelter said she left El Salvador 15 days ago. She said her destination is New York, where her relatives live.

"I have six brothers and an aunt (there)," Arelis Vasquez said.

Vasquez was getting help at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church before embarking on her journey north of the Valley.

"We get calls from New York, Louisiana, Michigan, Alabama ... all over the U.S.," said Jason Martinez, with Catholic Charities.

"We were basically their last hope," Martinez said.

"We had some grandparents come in looking for their grandchildren. They basically came down from Houston and they are looking through all the shelters. They are looking for their grandchildren because immigration had them," Martinez said.

Shelter workers keep a log of every immigrant they help.

"We have families looking for them, saying that they are worried because they haven't checked in and they haven't heard anything from them," Martinez said.

Topics: brownsville, shelter, immigration, illegal, jason martinez, .catholic charities

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