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Red Cross giving migrants maps, instructions to cross US border

Migrants from Central America and Mexico await the outcome of their U.S. immigration court cases. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
March 14, 2023

The American Red Cross is involved with making a map and guide for migrants trekking to the U.S.-Mexico border, showing them routes from Central America to U.S. border cities and offering tips on how to survive the perilous journey.

First revealed by the Daily Caller, the map shows train routes to cities including El Paso, Texas and Nogales, Arizona. The map is on the reverse side of a folding pamphlet that appears to be titled “Self Care Messages for Migrants,” according to a Google translation. 

The pamphlet offers tips on surviving extreme desert temperatures, what migrants should do if they are arrested, and explains the etiquette of hopping on freight trains with other migrants.

“In case you get off the moving train, don’t stand still, keep running so that others don’t fall on top of you,” the pamphlet says, according to the translation.

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Another section of the pamphlet reminds migrants not to forget to bring contraception. But if they do forget, “they will give them to you for free in some clinics or medical brigades of the Red Cross,” according to the translation.

The document revealed by the Daily Caller comes amid a record surge in migration, with Customs and Border Protection reporting migrant encounters on the southern border at rates not seen in 20 years, as reported by Pew Research Center.

Once migrants are in the U.S. and waiting for immigration court hearings, the American Red Cross is also involved in doling out federal funds to support them. 

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The organization sits on the board of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which in February offered $350 million in grant funds “to help local communities around the country better manage the costs of noncitizen arrivals in their communities,” according to a press release.

Asked for comment about the pamphlet for migrants, an ICRC spokesperson told the Daily Caller that “our approach to migrants is strictly humanitarian.”

“We provide information about ways to reduce risk and where to find lifesaving assistance in Mexico and Central America. It is essential to prevent the loss of lives and to promote a humanitarian approach. Addressing the needs of this vulnerable population is a shared responsibility, of the authorities in the countries of origin, transit and destination, and of the international community,” the spokesperson said.