Catholic Charities RGV say they can’t obligate migrants to stay quarantine

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After a migrant family infected with COVID-19 stayed at a hotel in La Joya and went out dining at a local Whataburger, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order ordering troopers with the Department of Public Safety to stop any vehicles suspected of carrying migrants.  

This has caused Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sister Norma Pimentel to speak about the situation, “We need to take them somewhere they are safe, we cannot just put them and expose anyone to the virus.”

In a statement, Sister Pimentel said her organization has been putting COVID-19 infected migrants in hotel rooms for over a year to avoid more infections, adding the Catholic Charities cannot obligate a person to stay in their room.

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