Selma, Texas Haitians living in Bexar County are devastated by the developments on the border.
Ausanka Derry, who left Haiti after the deadly 2010 earthquake, says political problems, lack of work and natural disasters have devastated the country and triggered a chain reaction.
“Since I am a Haitian, it is painful and hurt me. They are my people,” she said.
The community is trying to communicate and decide how to best help the situation. Many of them volunteer to participate in local organizations that support migrants passing through Bexar County on sponsored family travel. She says that simply speaking their language or cooking them what they are accustomed to helps them feel comfortable.
Daly says immigrant families are simply looking for opportunities to survive.
“They’re looking for something to breathe, so it’s happening, they want to work and eat to help their family,” Daly said.
He explained that Haiti does not have a middle class. Some people have buses and some don’t.
Some families share something about expensive and dangerous trips to other countries in Latin America. Daly said that many have arrived in South American countries, but have left because they have not had the opportunity to improve their situation.
“They have to board the plane. They have to board the bus. They have to roam in the forest. They have water. Some of them die. Some people have lost their families during the journey,” she says.
Immigration experts say the asylum-seeking process is becoming more complicated and lengthy because of the pandemic.
Derry asks anyone who feels compelled to help donate to an organization such as the Interfaith Coalition or Catholic Charity.
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Haiti community in Bexar County working together to help fellow immigrants
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