South Texas is once again at the center of the most recent surge of migrant families and children crossing the border after traveling North from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. In addition to extreme poverty and lack of opportunities, many of the Central American migrants seek to escape drug gangs, kidnapping and egregiously corrupt governments.
As has been the case over the last several years, overwhelmed government agencies refer the overflow to local non-profits including Catholic Charities, and around Mission, Texas, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and its pastor, Oblate Father Roy Snipes. Fr. Roy has been on the front lines of this on-going situation and continues to offer comfort and aid to these most marginalized of people.
The Los Angeles Times sent reporters to the border and in this copyrighted article (link above) spoke with Fr. Snipes about this continuing humanitarian crisis in the Rio Grande Valley.