Brenda Nettles Riojas serves the Diocese of Brownsville as editor of The Valley Catholic and director of diocesan relations. She is the radio host for Corazón Bilingüe, an online conversation and poetry journal. Brenda Nettles Riojas sirve a la Diócesis de Brownsville como editora de The Valley Catholic y directora de relaciones diocesanas. Ella es la presentadora de radio de Corazón Bilingüe, conversaciones con escritores.

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Texas diocese responds to immigrants' need in surge of children

More than 52,000 minors traveling alone and 39,000 families have been picked up this fiscal year by U.S. agents at the Mexican border. The number of children traveling alone has doubled over a year ago and is more than seven times the number that was typical annually through 2011. For the past two months, volunteers acting on their own have been meeting immigrants at the bus station, providing food and helping the disoriented families navigate bus travel. As the numbers escalated, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley opened two assistance centers.