Camp in Texas temporarily housing immigrant children

A Jewish summer camp in Texas is temporarily housing close to 600 immigrant children who entered the U.S. unaccompanied.

Greene Family Camp, a Union for Reform Judaism camp near Waco, is being used as a holding center for children who crossed the U.S./Mexico border illegally without adult supervision.

“They’ve ended up at our borders and somebody’s got to take care of them and they asked us if we would if we had the place to house and feed them, we said ‘we sure do,'” the camp’s executive director Loui Dobin was quoted saying in a KWTX report.

Jeffrey Salkin wrote about the camp housing the children for the Religion News Service.

“I am trying to imagine what it must be like — being a camper at Greene Family Camp, arriving on the first day of summer camp, plunking your duffel bag down in your bunk, and knowing that only a few months ago, an immigrant kid was sleeping there,” he wrote. “And knowing that the camp where you are about to swim, play soccer, sing, and hang with your friends actually had a small but powerful role in making the world better.”

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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