San Antonio and other Texas cities confront the spillover from the border migration crisis
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San Antonio and other Texas cities confront the spillover from the border migration crisis

JAY ROOT |
July 3, 2019

With Border Patrol facilities overwhelmed, San Antonio's hastily opened migrant center, housed in an old Quiznos, is seeing hundreds of migrants arriving daily, many without money or a place to go.


SAN ANTONIO — Three Congolese men are hovering around Marc Wonder while he tries to fire up Google Translate. But the phone app is sluggish and unresponsive, so he can’t understand a word they’re saying.

The mystery is solved after a French-speaking reporter interprets: The men are flat broke and lost all their phone contacts but are wondering if someone can help them get bus tickets next door at the makeshift administrative office, adjacent to the temporary health clinic — both part of San Antonio’s brand new Migrant Resource Center.

Wonder, the center’s operations manager, explains that the newly arrived migrants will have to take that up with Catholic Charities, whose volunteers are on the premises, too.

“Tell them to find Sister Charles,” he says. Once the message is translated, off the men go in search of the French-speaking nun, who’s in high demand around the center these days.

Credit by - The texas tribune

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