The American Red Cross has been asked to support FEMA and ORR in working with unaccompanied minors at the border.
- The 2,000-person migrant shelter in Matamoros, Mexico, reports its first cases of the coronavirus after months of humanitarian aid efforts to prevent an outbreak. Three asylum seekers tested positive and five others have been isolated in contact tracing efforts. The medical staff of Global Response Management, the nonprofit assisting the camp, states that they feel confident in their aggressive approach to the cases. They have prepared over the months by establishing field hospitals, temperature checkpoints, and testing stations.
- El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz fears the repercussions the Supreme Court decision to uphold the quick removal of some asylum seekers without a hearing will have on migrant communities along the border during the pandemic. Seitz has created a fund in partnership with the Hope Border Institute to help shelters caring for migrants stuck in Ciudad Juárez and founded a program with the Border Refugee Assistance fund to aid expectant migrant mothers.
- At this point, no one at the migrant border camp in Matamoros, Mexico, has tested positive for COVID-19. The camp is receiving support from Global Response Management (GRM). Many of the nurses and doctors running the border clinics in Matamoros are Cuban asylum seekers themselves.
- TPR reports on the migrant encampment in Matamoros, Mexico, which shelters over 1,500 people. Helen Perry, executive director of Global Response Management (GRM), shares that there have not been any positive cases within the camp – a testament to the safety measures introduced. In addition to quick isolation and testing of anyone showing symptoms, GRM and its volunteers are rapidly constructing tented hospitals and manufacturing over 100 hand-made masks every day.