Salvation Army on helping illegal immigrants: "They are still humans"
POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:10pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 1:01pm
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — Over the past week, we reported stories concerning Salvation Army offices providing food and shelter to illegal immigrants, and we had some strong reactions from our viewers about this issue.
According to Chantel Millin from the Tyler chapter, their position is simple, they are an organization founded on helping people in need, and whether or not someone is in this country illegally does not have any bearings on whether or not they get that help.
"Our mission statement, at the end of it says, that we are free to meet the human need in Jesus name without discrimination, the end of it, without discrimination being the main part in this particular subject," said Millin.
It's a particular subject which many, especially in border states such as here in Texas, have very strong views about, which is illegal immigration.
Many question whether or not outreaches such as the Salvation Army, should provide services to illegal aliens.
"If someone comes to us and they need lodging or they need some sort of social services such as maybe food assistant or clothing assistance we're here to meet the human need, and illegal immigrant or not, they are still human by that right if they have a need we're here to serve it," said Millin.
However, there are requirements to receive certain services from the outreach.
"If they have a service they are in need of that we can provide we just ask them to bring us some sort of identification so that we can include that in file and then we help," said Millin.
The organization looks to distance itself from either side of the hotly debated conversation.
"The other portion of that, the political portion or whatever, is not necessarily the portion that we're here to attack or fight or defend, but we're just simply here to help, and again illegal or not illegal, humans are still humans and they are still in need of assistance," said Millin.
When it comes to the daily meals the Salvation Army provides, they do not check for identification.
Millin also wanted to emphasize that this organization does not just help Americans , but has a presence in 126 countries.