Local Charities and Mayor chime in on San Antonio immigration

After the President’s Oval Office address, we spoke with local charities to find out more about the state of immigration in San Antonio.

Groups helping immigrants in San Antonio are stretched pretty thin, and even the mayor says the issue has reached a crisis level.

“This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our Southern Border, This is the cycle of human suffering I’m determined to end.” President Trump said, in his State of the Union speech.

The president having a tough time finding common ground with congress, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it’s not because they have different goals.

“Make no mistake Democrats and the President both want stronger border security however we sharply disagree with the president on the most effective way to do so.” Schumer said.

We asked Mayor Nirenberg what he thinks of the president calling it a crisis at the border.

“It’s certainly turned into one when we have people who are dropped off into communities with no relief whatsoever, have nowhere to go and they are dropped on the doorstep of San Antonio, people who need places to stay, who need food and water.” Nirenberg said.

“My hope is that congress acts on a comprehensive immigration reform so that border issues no longer are a crisis that could be avoided.” Nirenberg said.

Catholic Charities CEO Antonio Fernandez said they are just doing the best they can and helping anyone in need, He also said he does not believe we are in a crisis situation right now.

Even people stuck in the court system, with more than 26,000 cases backlogged in asylum court with only one judge to hear them, and charities stretching their resources to help those in need, Nirenberg knows he is counting on others to avoid a disaster.

By Adam King for NEWS4A

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