Two buses of migrants arrive in Philadelphia from Texas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A complete of 72 folks searching for asylum arrived in Philadelphia from Texas on buses Friday earlier than many continued on to their locations. 4 buses have arrived in Philadelphia since Texas Gov. Greg Abbott introduced he could be sending buses to the town.

Round 6 a.m., a bus pulled as much as thirtieth Avenue Station, and the folks aboard had been greeted by officers from the town’s Workplace of Emergency Administration. One other bus arrived shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, carrying about three dozen folks – a mixture of males, ladies and a few kids, together with infants and infants.

Neighborhood teams mentioned the folks have been granted asylum, that means they’re legally allowed to remain within the U.S. with out worry of deportation. 

The general public have been touring for months, mentioned Erika Guadalupe Núñez of Juntos.

“Philadelphia has made a very strong intention to be a welcoming metropolis, so that folk arriving, no matter what they’ve needed to take care of during the last 2 months, they know that they are welcome right here and there is people ready to help them.”

Many of the asylum seekers usually are not planning on staying in Pennsylvania – they are going to be touring farther to reunite with household in New York, New Jersey and Ohio. The bulk will likely be touring throughout the subsequent 24 hours, mentioned Emilio Buitrago of Casa de Venezuela, an immigrant advocacy group.

As of 12 p.m. Friday, 36 folks remained in a welcoming facility the town established that may present well being screenings, shelter, meals and water and different providers.

Migrants in Philadelphia

Monday morning, a bus carrying about 50 folks arrived at thirtieth Avenue Station from Texas. Town described it because the second bus despatched from Texas.

Migrants aboard the bus got here from Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. They had been absolutely screened by Customs and Border Patrol earlier than arrival within the metropolis.

A gaggle of 15 nonprofits has been working with the town to supply providers. 

“We’re prepared,” Buitrago mentioned final week.

Maria Navas immigrated from Venezuela six years in the past and he or she mentioned these migrants are in search of a second probability at life. 

“Some folks simply come to have the ability to give their kids one thing to eat, for them to have the ability to have garments,” Navas mentioned. “These are folks from low revenue in my nation.”

Texas has additionally despatched migrants to New York, Washington and Chicago.

Coastal cities together with Philadelphia and New York have beforehand obtained criticism from politicians in crimson border states about immigration coverage. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew migrants to Martha’s Winery unexpectedly earlier this 12 months, prompting native officers to spring into motion establishing emergency shelters.

Democratic officers have referred to as the migrant buses a political stunt that dehumanizes asylum-seekers. Republicans concerned within the efforts have mentioned liberal-leaning cities have to do their fair proportion of serving to individuals who lately entered the nation.