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Three Iowans Help Refugees Living In A Tent City In Mexico

Rebecca Blackwell
AP Photo
In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo, men discuss rumors of other migrants who successfully snuck into the U.S. in a tent camp outside the closed Benito Juarez sports complex, in Tijuana, Mexico.

On this edition of River to River host Ben Kieffer speaks with Reynaldo Leanos Jr., a border and immigration reporter with Texas Public Radio, about the crisis at the border.

Also joining the conversation are Sue Otto, Sally Hartman and Deb Schoelerman. The three Iowa women describe their visit to a tent city in Matamoros, Mexico. The city is located just over border from Brownsville, Texas. Together they detailed the harsh living conditions many refugees have had to endure.

Otto, Hartman and Schoelerman are Spanish speakers and members of the Unitarian Universalist Society in Coralville and Iowa City. They teamed up with a South Texas group known as Angry Tias so they could provide aid to a growing humanitarian crisis.


Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River