Texas (Del Rio) Border Crisis

Del Rio - Texas

Emergency Relief | 2021

What created the border crisis in Del Rio, Texas, in 2021?

In September 2021, as many as 14,000 migrants, the majority of them Haitian natives, were living in squalid conditions in a makeshift camp beneath the Del Rio International Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas. Many of the migrants’ journeys had begun years earlier as they searched for a better life to flee unstable conditions in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.  

In 2021, the situation in Haiti was compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent destabilizing events in the summer, including the assassination of the nation’s president, which soon was followed a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the South. 

Del Rio - Texas

Emergency Relief | 2021

What created the border crisis in Del Rio, Texas, in 2021?

In September 2021, as many as 14,000 migrants, the majority of them Haitian natives, were living in squalid conditions in a makeshift camp beneath the Del Rio International Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas. Many of the migrants’ journeys had begun years earlier as they searched for a better life to flee unstable conditions in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. 

 

In 2021, the situation in Haiti was compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent destabilizing events in the summer, including the assassination of the nation’s president, which soon was followed a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the South. 

How did CORE help migrants during the Del Rio border crisis? 

CORE mobilized quickly to Del Rio, Texas, to provide essential resources to Haitian migrants to improve living conditions and help protect them from COVID-19. We partnered with the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition (VVBHC) and Mission: Border Hope (MBH) processing centers to support the essential needs of Haitian migrants. 

Our team on the ground distributed hygiene kits donated by Amazon, PPE, and additional health and hygiene products, as many of them were unvaccinated from COVID-19 upon their arrival to the U.S. border. To support families with children, we distributed baby food and formula, and provided prepared meals with our partners at World Central Kitchen.

We also set up pop-up tents, tables, and fans to improve living conditions and provide respite from sweltering triple-digit heat as migrants awaited processing.

2,000

hygiene kits distributed

200

warm meals provided

300

units of baby formula and food distributed

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