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Catholic Charities has chapters across the state and many are already providing shelter for these immigrants. (Source: KLTV Staff) Catholic Charities has chapters across the state and many are already providing shelter for these immigrants. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Catholic Charities from across the state are working with FEMA to provide temporary relocation, tracking services and legal advice before they reach the immigration court. (Source: KLTV Staff) Catholic Charities from across the state are working with FEMA to provide temporary relocation, tracking services and legal advice before they reach the immigration court. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Department of Public Safety troopers have been sent to the border to help patrol, a mission that, at the moment, does not have an end date. (Source: KLTV Staff) Department of Public Safety troopers have been sent to the border to help patrol, a mission that, at the moment, does not have an end date. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Officials at an East Texas non-profit say they are doing what they can to help some of the thousands of children illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Catholic Charities has chapters across the state and many are already providing shelter for these immigrants.

"Its something we can't ignore and we cannot turn our backs on these children," said Nell Lawrence, Executive Director, Catholic Charities East Texas.

As the crisis at the border continues to escalate, so does the number of unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S.

"They are children and what are we going to do with them," Lawrence said.

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of East Texas Nell Lawrence says finding them shelter is the priority. The Dallas chapter of the organization is already taking in children and, if needed, Lawrence says they could potentially do the same.

"Probably we will be engaged in searching for facilities working on the getting that certification so that we can be an ORR facility as well," Lawrence said.

Catholic Charities from across the state are working with FEMA to provide temporary relocation, tracking services and legal advice before they reach the immigration court.

Monday, President Barack Obama announced he's taking the immigration issue into his own hands.

The President said Congress is to blame for inaction on the border

"The only thing I can't do is stand by and do nothing while waiting for them to get their act together,” Obama said.

Authorities anticipate between 60,000-80,000 children without parents will enter the U.S. illegally this year.

Department of Public Safety troopers have been sent to the border to help patrol, a mission that, at the moment, does not have an end date.

“We are specifically moving 150 Border Patrol agents from other parts of the country into this sector to supplement the effort," said Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security.

The effort to help these children is one Catholic Charities officials say doesn't end at border patrol.

"Somebody's got to stand up for these children," Lawrence said.

And they'll continue to do so until these children have a place to call home. Catholic Charities say their chapters closest to the border aren't asking for food or clothing. At this point, they are in need of financial donations.

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