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July 1, 2014                                                                                                                                                        

AUSTIN — Today, Senators Sylvia Garcia,  Leticia Van de Putte, and Jose Rodriguez met with St. P.J.'s, a faith based organization, to discuss their humanitarian efforts to assist unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas border.

St. P.J.’s is a home in San Antonio that cares for abused, neglected, abandoned, and homeless children. Founded in 1869 by three Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, their work transformed into the first Catholic orphanage in Texas. The home has now opened its doors to house undocumented, unaccompanied children.

State Senator Sylvia Garcia issued the following statement:

"We had a great visit with St. P.J.'s and saw first-hand the positive efforts of this organization in assisting with this very serious issue of unaccompanied and undocumented minors who have come into Texas. We must remember that these children- and we saw some as young as seven- are not here on spring break. They are fleeing from violence, drug dealers, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and other unimaginable turmoil in their countries. We discussed the additional needs of the organization and other faith based organizations to care for the unaccompanied children they have taken in."

 

"More than anything, the safety and care of these children is our priority. To do nothing would be unconscionable. Senators Van de Putte, Rodriguez and I want to ensure that groups like St. P.J.'s have the support and resources to continue to do this humanitarian work. We will work to support this organization and others like it. Our faith and our heart compels us."

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