Striving to Help Cuban Immigrants

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - For weeks volunteers have been gathering supplies in Laredo and in Nuevo Laredo to help Cuban refugees.

Baptist, Catholic and evangelical churches are answering the prayers many Cubans are making to receive help.

The problem all started January 12th, the day the repealing of a policy allowing Cubans entry into the U.S.

Since then, hundreds have been stranded on the wrong side of the border, cash-strapped without a plan and without food or shelter.

People from across the country began filling trailers to send them to the Holding Institute.

Those donations have been packed into two vehicles heading to bridge two by ministers Dalila Martinez and another pastor.

In order to be able to enter into Mexico with cars full of supplies, they have to declare what they bring, and that can mean they pay a fee of anywhere from $25 to $100 at a time.

Through this coalition of churches and shelters they are providing meals for approximately 1,200 Cubans in Nuevo Laredo.

Since everything began, they have been paying thousands of dollars to get what is considered humanitarian aid into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

The Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Union Baptist Association have been helping, but funds are strained.

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