As young illegal immigrants continue to pour over the border into Texas, local non profits are rolling up their sleeves and helping with the massive job of housing, feeding, and providing supervision for the youngsters, 1200 WOAI news reports.
At St. Peter Saint Joseph's Children's Home, James Castro is on the front lines.
"For the human spirit to survive, the trust that children have in others to care for them is amazing," Castro said.
For the past month, unaccompanied minor children, some as young as three, have been arriving in the U.S., mainly from three basket-case countries in Central America, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, where incompetent government has led to massive crime rates and economic chaos.
The White House says the children are fleeing rape, assault, and murder in their home countries, and many are seeking out relatives already in the U.S.
But the burden has fallen on groups like St. PJs and BCFS to help care for the children, who are being held in makeshift shelters at Lackland Air Force Base and elsewhere.
"We provide an educational component for these kids while they're with us," Castro said. "Get a sense of where they're at, teaching them how to communicate in English."
Castro says St. PJs is also helping provide food and clothing.
The feds are gearing up for a continued onslaught of these children. One estimate says as many as 230,000 children, family groups, and individual refugees will be fleeing mismanaged Central American nations in the coming two years.
A Senate committee on Tuesday approved a $2 billion emergency fund to help pay for the care and feeding of these children, who officials say are being held and processed until they can be released to a relative or 'vetted sponsor' like a non profit.
The White House stresses that all of the children are also being 'processed for removal,' but since many will claim political asylum and a legitimate fear of being abused or killed back home, the deportation hearings could take years.