Felicia Rangel-Samponaro, a resident of Brownsville, Tex., founded The Sidewalk School for Children Asylum Seekers to help educate children of immigrant families who are being detained in Mexico while their asylum applications work their way through the US court system. Taking personal responsibility for the impact of US policy decisions on these immigrant families, Rangel-Samponaro said, “This is a US problem. We created this. We’re the ones that continue to let this go on. This falls on American citizens.” So she stepped up and founded the school, which initially was a pop-up school to teach reading, writing, math and art. Since the pandemic, the school had to go virtual, and Rangel-Samponaro both relied on her own money and raised funds through a GoFundMe page to purchase tablets for the students to use.

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