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Harlingen Shelter Helping Immigrants Released from Gov't Custody

11 months 2 days 15 hours ago Thursday, March 28 2019 Mar 28, 2019 March 28, 2019 9:40 PM March 28, 2019 in News - Local

HARLINEGN - A shelter for the hundreds of immigrants being released from federal custody is now open in Harlingen.

Loaves and Fishes in Harlingen is joining the shelters in McAllen and Brownsville in providing help to immigrants.

Natividad Montoya and her 5-year-old son were released from federal custody and are now staying at the shelter.

"I was asking God to help me to make it to my destination. The situation in my country is getting bad, not just for the kids but also the adults," says Montoya.

She says she fled El Salvador when a gang started demanding an operation fee from her restaurant.

The Director of Loaves and Fishes, Bill Reagan, says his doors will always be open to anyone who needs help.

"The homeless population and the migrant population are really two different groups of people with two different needs. So we're taking some steps to try and make sure we don't have conflicts between the two groups,” says Reagan.

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