Casa Alitas looks like every other house lining the street in its Tucson, Arizona, neighborhood, but what sets it apart from the other houses is what lies inside. Each day Casa Alitas opens its doors to migrants seeking asylum in the United States because their lives are in danger in their home countries. Inside they find a safe place where they are respected and informed.
Some migrants have been traveling for three months or longer by the time they arrive. They have undergone stressful processing with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to get humanitarian parole, which allows them to stay in the U.S. legally until their asylum request is processed.
Upon arriving at the house, guests are offered food and water. They are shown to their personal bedrooms and are given toiletries and clothing, if needed. Casa Alitas houses up to 25 families per week when numbers are high. Most guests only stay a few days until they can connect with families and friends. A note from a man and his son reads, “May the wonderful God bless you today, tomorrow and always.”
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