NFL players provide aid to immigrants during Rio Grande Valley visit

NFL players provide aid to immigrants during Rio Grande Valley visit
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Two NFL players spent time in the Rio Grande Valley this week offering aid to immigrants in what they described as an incredibly emotional experience. 

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis visited multiple migrant shelters over a two-day period in the area, helping distribute supplies to families and providing other assistance. They also met with people waiting to have their asylum cases heard.

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"You see what's going on and it's sad and it's a bit of an oppression. It really is because you're going through, you walk through and you see those halls and the rooms and how many people are just packed on top of each other," Norman told the local CBS News affiliate.

The two told the outlet that their goal was to gain awareness of the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"We don't come at it from a political standpoint, we come at it from a right versus wrong standpoint. We're all human beings — no matter where you come from, no matter what culture you represent, no matter what ethnicity you're in, no matter what status," Davis added.

The two also changed their plans, making a second run before their departure to buy more supplies for the migrant families after they saw how many people were waiting at the Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, according to CBS 4.

Their visit comes as the number of migrant families seeking asylum at the southern border has increased in recent months. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE declared a national emergency to bypass Congress and spend roughly $8 billion on barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year. His administration has insisted there is no more room for immigrants to enter the U.S. and have adopted policies to try to curtail the number of immigrants allowed into the country.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said last month that immigration enforcement has reached a "breaking point."

Trump has also repeatedly threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border and it was recently reported he is considering sending detained migrants to so-called sanctuary cities.