February 26, 2021

Catholic Community Services anticipating increase in asylum seekers

It comes as the Biden Administration eases some Trump-era policies meant to restrict entry into the U.S.

Soon after the Department of Homeland Security unveiled a process to allow some asylum seekers affected by the Trump Administration’s so-called “remain in Mexico” policy apply for entry into the United States, Tucson’s Catholic Community Services put a call out for more volunteers. The nonprofit offers temporary shelter to immigrants through its Casa Alitas Welcome Center. While Arizona’s ports of entry are not currently on the list of locations where immigrants enrolled in the Migrant Protection Protocols program can be admitted into the U.S., director of operations Teresa Cavendish explained that she still expects Casa Alitas will begin to house more asylum seekers in the near future. She also described new protocols meant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among volunteers and guests.

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