SoCal Churches Provide Temporary Shelter, “Spiritual Food” for Immigrants


An estimated 50 immigrants carrying temporary visas arrived Thursday aboard Homeland Security buses at two churches in San Bernardino County that are working with federal agencies to help the families through the immigration process.

Officials with the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino told NBC4 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials reached out to them in an effort to address the border crisis stemming from a wave of undocumented immigrants from Central America who have recently crossed into the United States at the Texas-Mexico border. President Barack Obama has described the situation as a “humanitarian crisis.”

“As a church, we want to let them know that there are people here in the United States who love and support them, they’re praying with them and for them,” said John Andrews, of the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino County. “Maybe that can give them some of that spiritual food for the next leg of their journey.”