Franklin Graham confirms Samaritan's Purse will send groups to help with the border crisis.
Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, says Samaritan's Purse is now working with 18 partners to assist over 200 churches that are caring directly for immigrants on both sides of the border.
Graham says, "We have been asked by churches in the area to help them and that's what we're doing," reports CBN.
Nichole Nordeman, a Christian singer-songwriter, wrote an open letter to Graham, asking for Samaritan's Purse to bring aid to the migrants at the border.
Graham says the pressure from Nordeman and other Christian leaders did not influence the decision to get involved: "We respond to need and no question the need on the border has been building for some time."
Thank you @SamaritansPurse— Nichole Nordeman (@nicholenordeman) July 10, 2019
for responding to this crisis on both sides of the border. I would very much like to volunteer to serve with your team on the Mexican side where asylum seekers are awaiting court dates in dire conditions and without basic essentials. Please DM me. https://t.co/BX0qxIXFgW
Graham says, "Many of these migrants they've been travelling for ...as much as six months. They're tired. They're dirty. They're frustrated and they're coming into our country."
Most of the churches providing aid at the border are running out of essentials like bedding, blankets, toiletries, and food.
Graham blames the border crisis on lawmakers and their inaction.
Graham says, "Congress has made a mess out of all this and it's not just this president, it's previous presidents that have failed to address the issues of the border."
Graham visited a processing facility for immigrants in Texas and called it "adequate."
The historic wave of immigrants at the border, this year, Graham says, has led to less than ideal conditions.
"Could they be improved? I'm sure they can. But the problem is the overcrowding. They were not prepared for this influx."