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Trip to Border Changes Perspective of Some Volunteers

WACO - Some local Salvation Army volunteers have a new outlook on the immigration crisis after spending 10 days on the border.

When Wayne Branscum left Waco earlier this month, he said he didn't believe the tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants from Central America should remain in this country.

However, after he helped feed immigrants at a church cafeteria in McAllen, his perspective changed. He said after seeing the need and hearing stories of their journeys, he now sees the situation in a new light.

“Not being able to speak to them personally, I had to go through an interpreter but with that interpreter telling us their stories of what they left and how they left, it torn me up," said Branscum. "I broke down several times. I had to get away, my heart just went out to them."

Branscum and two other volunteers from the Waco Salvation Army spent nine hours a day at a church cafeteria, where they helped feed those who were staying there.

They gave them mostly soup because they were severely dehydrated and unable to eat anything else.

The Salvation Army crew arrived back in Waco this weekend.
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