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Grandmothers Help Asylum Seekers

Millennials and Gen Z aren't the only socially conscious citizens. Seniors are also doing their part — case in point, these grandmothers helping asylum seekers resettle in the U.S.

Grannies Respond

Recently released asylum seekers are arriving at Greyhound bus stations to find smiling grandmothers offering food, socks, gloves and comfort. Grannies Respond is a grassroots movement, which formed in spring 2018 in response to the separation of families seeking asylum at the southern border of the United States. As news spread of immigrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border — at that time a hallmark of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy — a group of outraged grandmothers in New York state decided it was time to act.

They formed Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden and put out a call on social media for others to join them in a six-city, 2,000-mile trip to McAllen, Texas, home of the largest U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention center for undocumented immigrants, where they planned to protest. The struggle continues. Since returning to their homes, the Grannies have continued their work, individually and collectively, while continuing to share their stories with their communities. Grannies Respond chapters have formed in many states and the group has formed the Grannies Overground Railroad, which assists immigrants at bus stops across the country, as they make their way to family members and community hosts who will house them while they await court dates.

In McAllen, members participated in 24 hours of protests and vigils at the U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center and in volunteer service projects with local charities and aid groups. Some crossed the border to bring vital supplies to immigrants waiting to cross into the U.S., where they will apply, in many cases, for asylum, having escaped violence in South and Central America. They show up each day to help asylum-seekers navigate the journey to their sponsors. The project originates from a caravan of grandmothers who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to bring attention to the family separation crisis. Overground Railroad operates in 8 U.S. cities with more to come. In Sacramento, a grandma is at the bus station every morning.

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03/26/2019 10:21 AMupdated: 06/19/2019 1:47 PM
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32 comments

  • Joan S.
    02/16/2020 16:29

    Where are these ports of entry? These bus sations?

  • Wayne C.
    02/16/2020 00:06

    I'm home less Can I have a hot meal & roof

  • Sonia E.
    02/15/2020 22:15

    May our GOD pour out his spirit upon you and bring you increase for this kindness!! Thank you! "For it is in giving that we receive"! To GOD be all the Glory.

  • Ellwood U.
    02/15/2020 18:21

    GRANDMOTHERS WELCOMEING CRIMINALS,WHERE ARE WE HEADING !!!!

  • Susan S.
    02/15/2020 16:04

    Yes, can we send something?

  • Eugene M.
    02/15/2020 15:10

    Stop aiding and abetting criminals

  • Daniel H.
    02/15/2020 15:07

    Deport them all.

  • Jeannie L.
    02/15/2020 14:47

    How can these laddies be supported?

  • Wendy H.
    02/15/2020 11:06

    I love these women. If I lived there, I would be with them.

  • Mel N.
    02/15/2020 11:06

    The do gooders r dangerous

  • Ogbe A.
    02/14/2020 23:50

    ✔️

  • Donna L.
    02/14/2020 23:45

    This is all good IF THEY CAME THREW THE POINT OF ENTRY ONLY

  • Pamela A.
    07/26/2019 18:08

    Wonderful ❣️❤️😊... they are doing what God would do....real Christian and followers...

  • Michael W.
    07/19/2019 15:34

    millen's and Z's are just the only generations that think allother generations are bad ,mean, racist,cruel generations

  • Mel O.
    07/19/2019 14:35

    Although she looks kind, but, maybe she can go to mexico and help them there so they don't have to cross the border.

  • Anas B.
    07/19/2019 14:24

    May god bless you who support people's.. it humanity

  • Marylou B.
    04/01/2019 02:25

    Good luck

  • Ed E.
    03/29/2019 15:22

    Arrest them all and send the illegal scum back to whatever crap hole they crawled out of.

  • Barb L.
    03/27/2019 03:03

    , Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings

  • Catherine C.
    03/27/2019 00:45

    So proud of Bonita and our Sacramento Grannies Respond Overground Railroad group! All such amazing volunteers! A shout out to Brut Media for this wonderful portrayal of what we do! If you want to start a bus group, join existing volunteers, or volunteer at the border let us know at: www.granniesrespond.org