LITTLE VILLAGE — As hundred of migrants reach Tijuana, Mexico, a Chicago group is collecting supplies at sites across the city to help thousands of families pouring into the Mexican border town.
The Little Village Solidarity Network has set up donation sites in Pilsen, Little Village, Wicker Park and Bridgeport for the migrant caravan that has made its way to Mexico from Central America.
“The situation is urgent,” a Little Village Solidarity Network spokesperson said in a statement. “We know that families aren’t leaving their homes by choice. People only leave when they have to, in search of safety and a better life for themselves and their children.”
The group is seeking toiletries, feminine products, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, canned and dry food, bottled water, chapstick, prepaid phones or phone cards, backpacks, blankets, gloves, scarves, beanies, jackets, new socks, underwear and first aid kits.
People can drop items off at the following locations:
Art-O-Parts at 1721 W. 18th St. in Pilsen from noon-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Bridgeport Coffee at 3101 S. Morgan St. in Bridgeport from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Danny’s at 1951 W. Dickens Ave. in Wicker Park will host a one-night donation drop-off party from 7 p.m. Tuesday- 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The Little Village Solidarity Network is also accepting monetary donations online.
On Oct. 13, a group of 160 migrants fleeing violence, persecution and poverty set out on foot from San Pedro Sula in Honduras. The group has grown as its trekked through Mexico.
Tijuana officials believe that as many as 10,000 migrants from this caravan and two more caravans behind it may be coming to Tijuana soon, and are scrambling to provide resources for them just yards from the U.S. border, according to the New York Times.
The number of migrants at a Tijuana shelter — many from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico — reached almost 2,500 this weekend, the New York Times reported.
President Donald Trump’s administration issued new rules this month designed to funnel asylum seekers to an official port of entry rather than allowing them to present themselves to Border Patrol if they make it across the border.
The new policy would change laws allowing people fleeing violence and persecution to seek asylum in the United States.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration issued new rules stating domestic violence and gang violence would not be accepted as grounds for asylum.
Anyone with additional questions can contact the Little Village Solidarity Network at 475-330-8481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.