Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
July 1, 2014
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Van de Putte and Colleagues Discuss Humanitarian Efforts in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- Today, Senators Leticia Van de Putte, Jose R. Rodriguez, and Sylvia R. Garcia invited members of the press to discuss the humanitarian efforts by St. P.J.'s surrounding the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas border.

St. P.J.'s is a home in San Antonio that cares for abused, neglected, abandoned, and homeless children. Founded in 1869 by three Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, their work transformed into the first Catholic orphanage in Texas. The home has now opened its doors to house undocumented, unaccompanied children.

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs & Military Installations, issued the following statement:

"All across Texas, non-profits like St. P.J.'s are rising to the challenge of helping these children of God -- children who have endured horrendous journeys to America in the hope of escaping the even more horrendous violence back home.

"It is important to secure the border and hold Washington, D.C. to its commitment to successfully eliminate the root causes of this crisis in Central America.

"But we must not forget to support faith-based, community, and elected leaders from along the border to achieve a Texas solution to these challenges. That is what I have been doing and what I will continue to do.

"And I have faith that Texas will continue to rise to this challenge, because that's what we do. Together, we are strong, and in Texas, neighbor helps neighbor."