Posted: Jun 27, 2014 12:28 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:00 PM
MCALLEN - Immigration rights organizations in the Rio Grande Valley are doing their part to draw attention to the plight of unaccompanied Central American children entering the U.S.
They held a vigil today in front of McAllen's Sacred Heart Church. Members of ARISE, LUPE, and their supporters read from biblical passages, then called upon officials to make several changes to address the issue.
Their recommendations include special immigrant status for abused or neglected children and increased funding from Congress. They also said special attention should be given to Mayan indigenous children, who are usually from Guatemala. Those children reportedly speak one of 27 tribal languages and need special help with translation.
Behind Sacred Heart Church, an assistance center was set up for unaccompanied minors who have entered the U.S. illegally.