Dallas Morning News: Annunciation House makes the crisis at the border better, not worse

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Laura Collins
Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
George W. Bush Institute

Immigration expert Laura Collins, Director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative, recently wrote in the Dallas Morning News about the importance of El Paso nonprofit Annunciation House and similar organizations serving our border communities. 

“As long as the United States is a destination for migrants, we’ll need organizations like El Paso’s Annunciation House.

“For nearly 50 years, Annunciation House has cared for our fellow human beings, demonstrating love and compassion in the face of changing migrant flows and stubbornly unchanging immigration policies. This is why the George W. Bush Institute honored Annunciation House and its executive director, Ruben Garcia, in 2021.

“Annunciation House models the best of America’s welcoming spirit. Its role is at risk, however, due to recent legal action by the state of Texas.

“Annunciation House is a nonprofit whose mission is grounded in the Catholic faith practiced by its founders. Like hundreds of other nonprofits along the U.S.-Mexico border, it welcomes strangers to our country, providing temporary shelter, safety, and meals. These organizations are often the only services available to migrants, who do not qualify for any government-funded entitlement programs.” 

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