VIRGINIA BEACH- Each summer Laura Contreras Rowe delivers donated shoes to the families of many migrant workers on Virginia's Eastern Shore. For four years her “Got Sole Project” has provided shoes to kids who's parents work seasonal jobs for Tyson Foods and Perdue Chicken. She follows the immigration story closely. Now we're hearing figures of more than 50,000 children entering the United States illegally.
"We're helping about a thousand or two thousand people as we go. If you take that number and multiply it by 36 you are talking about 39,000 and we're just talking about shoes," said Laura Rowe as she explains how difficult it would be to provide shoes to so many immigrants.
Some immigrants only pay $1.50 to cross the border from Guatemala to Mexico on inner tubes explains Rowe. Having grown up in Laredo, Texas and working so hard for the families on the Eastern Shore, Laura calls this a humanitarian crisis that needs immediate attention. "Who's going to step in and help them? I understand Republicans and Democrats are fighting. I get it but we have got to put all that aside because this is truly an issue that is going to be bigger than us." continued Rowe.
Delegate Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) says immigrants believe there is a green light to come to America now. "If a child gets here they won't be sent home and obviously there was no new law passed. But the relaxation of our immigration policies in this country has sent a perception that that is the case" said Davis.
Laura says the entire situation is sad and she only wishes she could do more to help. "My son asked me why don't we just send them back? I said well where you going to send them to? You're talking about 5 to 9 year olds and where are they going to go?” concluded Rowe.