Shelburne Falls native volunteers at southern border

Halley Glier stands with three of her classmates at a respite center for asylum seekers in McAllen, Texas. Glier has been volunteering at the center for the past three weeks. Contributed photo

Halley Glier stands with three of her classmates at a respite center for asylum seekers in McAllen, Texas. Glier has been volunteering at the center for the past three weeks. Contributed photo

McALLEN, Texas — As the southern border floods with people seeking refuge in the United States, last month Halley Glier of Shelburne Falls took a bus to Texas with her college classmates to offer some support.

Glier, 22, a graduate of Mohawk Trail Regional School, has been volunteering for the past three weeks at Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, Texas.

“My overall experience has been amazing,” Glier said. “I’ve been able to learn a lot about the immigration system in general from all of the people around me. Respite requires so much constant adaptation and figuring out how to best function … I like to think that I’ve gotten this skill down over my three weeks, but there’s always more to learn.”

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