The Reality Of Asylum Seeking in the United States.

Sandra Villarroel
Aug 28 · 9 min read
envelope asylum seeking families are given at the respite center, to help them in their journey | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto

Part I — The travel

USA, Canada, Mexico, and Texas flags, waving outside the McAllen Airport | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto

Part II— The Arrival.

McAllen Texas Detention Center | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto

PART IV — Land Of The Free?…

The buses used by the detention center are old and plain white, like this one, I caught putting gas | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
The Humanitarian Respite Center, part of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
The Respite Center, an old club building across the bus station, that today serves thousands of traveling migrants | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
Volunteer Hermi, at McAllen Respite Center. She says “my husband knows that if I’m not here I am at the basilica, if I am not at the Basilica, I’m at the church, but no matter what, I’m always home by 5, for dinner with him.” I said, like Cinderella, and we both laughed…. | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
The welcome counter at the Respite Center, the sign reads “We are with you, Welcome” | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
This only room is where asylum seeker families wait for the next stage on their journey at the Respite Center. That corner has been accommodated with toys and TV, and a few children played that day | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
Volunteer Hermi, showing me the lunch. That day they had black beans and rice, a favorite among the traveling migrants. | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
The chairs in which asylum seekers seat upon arriving at the Respite Center, where volunteers take their first information and take note of their needs, along ensuring that they have all documentation necessary to continue the rest of their journey. | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
One single shoe left behind by a little traveler. Take consideration of the size, so you can realize the age of the young travelers | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto

Part V — Worth Manifesto

Yonathan Moya, Executive Director of Border Perspective, one of the 3 organizations, who received donations from Worth Manifesto, to help the relief of asylum seekers in South Texas. The red bins in front of him, and the pile right behind him are the donations. | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto
Some of the pallets of donations transported thanks to the generous support of Pilot Freights Services
One of the 3k bags Worth Manifesto gathered in the month of July, to help women at the border. | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto

Part V — Immigrant

Yellow wildflowers found along the border of South Texas. Wildflowers grow in the midst of chaos, just like beautiful stories like this one, just like the people coming to America, to grow, to have a better future, to be safe, to be free | Photo by Sandrachile, courtesy of Worth Manifesto

Sandra Villarroel

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Immigrant, wedding photographer, Christian. Obsessed with social justice. An altogether opinionated woman trying to change the world.

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