According to documents from the Daily Caller News Foundation, some migrants traveling from Mexico and Central America to the United States received maps, guides, and other resources from the American Red Cross.
Red Cross funds are distributed to non-governmental organizations to assist illegal immigrants in the United States. These packets provide information on how to travel to America and give detailed instructions.
The nonprofit’s packet, which includes the International Committee of the Red Cross and American Red Cross logos, features a map with the locations of hotels, clinics, and shelters in Mexico and Central America where migrants can seek support along their journey. It also shows train routes and roads leading to U.S. border cities in California, Arizona, and Texas.
This guide contains tips and tricks about self-care, survival in the desert, jumping on a cargo train, and how to obtain contraceptives.
Always bring your contraceptive methods with you. In certain circumstances, the Red Cross or medical brigades might give them to you for free.
Red Cross advises against desert heat. They recommend that you pack plenty of water and long sleeves to protect yourself from the sun.
According to the document, you should also bring warm clothes and gloves to protect your hands as well as a flashlight and matches.
It recommends that migrants sit on cargo trains, and is “most highly recommended.”
You should take care when traveling because there might be branches, cables, and tunnels that can cause injury.
Red Cross spokesperson stated that the documents were created by the Red Cross and distributed to DCNF when they reached them.
A spokesperson said that people all over the world make difficult decisions every day to relocate to safer areas and seek better opportunities.
“The International Committee of the Red Cross, as a part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, does not prevent nor does it encourage migration,” the spokesperson continued. “We aim to help prevent and mitigate the humanitarian consequences that migration can bring – including separation and loss of family contacts, disappearances, serious medical issues, and even death.”
The spokesperson added that the Red Cross’s “approach to migrants is strictly humanitarian.”
A spokesperson stated that they offer information about ways to reduce risk and places where you can get lifesaving assistance in Mexico and Central America. The responsibility for providing the necessary services to this population falls on both the international community and the authorities of the countries they are located in.