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Immigration Detainees in Respite Center Waiting for Storm to Pass

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Friday, August 25 2017 Aug 25, 2017 August 25, 2017 5:41 PM August 25, 2017 in News

MCALLEN – People in the country illegally and released on their own recognizance with plans to travel north are still waiting at the respite center in McAllen.

Bus trips to the north have been canceled, so now they’re simply waiting.

As many as about 20 people stayed at the center overnight. They received breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Catholic Charities director Sister Norma Pimentel said they welcome the community’s help.

“Sometimes supper is the harder to feed. So, many times people from the community will bring hot dogs or pizza,” she said. “And that really helps us out, because we’re able to give them something for supper and we have to figure out how to do that.”

Pimentel told CHANNEL 5 NEWS she doesn’t expect too many more to show up.

U.S. Border Patrol said they’re currently not releasing people in the country illegally since buses are not available for travel. 

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