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U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

Since 2016, CORE has provided essential humanitarian support to communities in need along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Del Rio


El Paso / Ciudad Juárez

Why is humanitarian support needed along the U.S.-Mexico border?

Economic turmoil, violence, political unrest, and climate change – particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean – have resulted in the ongoing arrival of people to U.S.-Mexico border. These groups include families and unaccompanied children who need immediate and critical humanitarian support including warm meals, temporary shelter and hygiene supplies. Recent surges in the number of migrants and asylum seekers have overwhelmed available service providers at the border. As global crises continue, the influx of migrants and asylum seekers in need of assistance will persist.  

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. 

What is CORE doing to support humanitarian needs along the U.S.Mexico border? 

CORE has been working with local partners and government authorities to meet the surge demand of families, unaccompanied children and individuals seeking safety and humanitarian support along the U.S.-Mexico border. We’ve supported Haitians, Central and South Americans, and others in search of refuge beyond the borders of their home countries, many of whom are escaping violence, political and social instability, and lack of economic opportunity. Our teams have delivered water, warm meals, hygiene supplies, medicines, and cash assistance to urgently support those in need. We continue to work with local partners to identify gaps and expand upon our outreach as needed. 


Along the border in Del Rio, El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, and Tijuana, CORE has supported over 42,000 individuals to date.  


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Some of CORE’s relief efforts: 

> Between October and December 2023, CORE distributed hygiene kits to partners in El Paso and partnered with Casa del Sagrada Corazon (Sacred Heart Church) to provide HVAS repairs and laundry services. 


> Between April and September 2023, CORE and ABARA assisted with food, shelter, and staffing support to over 20 shelters in the El Paso/Juarez area serving 7,000 migrants monthly. Additionally, we distributed hygiene kits and provided essential food, water, over-the-counter medicines, diapers and baby formula to support 21,000 individuals in El Paso and Juarez. 


> In March 2023, CORE and ABARA provided 3,250 emergency meals following a deadly fire at a migrant detention center in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez.


> From January to March 2023, CORE provided $30,000 USD of Visa gift cards to migrant families, supporting nearly 700 individuals in El Paso and Juarez. This relief allowed families and individuals to meet their most urgent needs, such as food, cell phone costs, and transportation. 


In September 2021, CORE partnered with the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition and Mission: Border Hope Processing Center in Del Rio, Texas, to provide essential relief to 1,800 Haitian migrants. Together, we worked to improve living conditions and deliver meals and hygiene supplies to help protect them from COVID-19. 


> In 2016, CORE facilitated translations and connected migrants at Catholic Charities and El Cajon National Armory sites in Southern California/Tijuana with healthcare, transportation, and other basic resources. 

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