On Wednesday, a bus with 28 migrants from Texas arrived at Philadelphia. It included a 10-year old girl who had high fever and was suffering from dehydration. She was then taken to the hospital for treatment.
As they arrived at the city before dawn, advocates welcomed them. They said that the individuals and families were from Colombia, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Many nonprofit organizations and the city were available to offer food, housing and other services.
“In general, people feel relieved. Helen Gym, a Philadelphia City Council member, accompanied many migrants on a second bus that took them to a site to assess their needs.
“There is a 10-year old who is completely dehydrated. Gym stated that it was inhumane for a child with a fever to be put on the bus. It’s a horrible situation.
PHILADELPHIA PREPARING TO POTENTIAL BUS MIGRANTS FROM TEXAS
Texas Governor. Greg Abbott, Texas Governor, announced Tuesday that Philadelphia would become the next destination for the migrants being transported from the U.S. border to Mexico by the thousands to Democratic-led locales. This announcement came a week after Republican candidate Donald Trump won reelection.
The group included 21 adults. Advocates who met the group said that although it wasn’t clear how long it took to get on the bus, one claimed it would take approximately 40 hours.
Emilio Buitrago, a representative of Casa de Venezuela, said that “the important thing is they got there,”.
He said that the children were scared, exhausted and tired. “They are going to a place… where they can have comfortable, warm beds with blankets and warm food. We’ll work on relocation from there.”
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Gym stated that some families are looking to be reunited with friends or relatives in other places.
In recent months, other buses suddenly appeared in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and elsewhere.
Since April, Texas has sent more than 13,000 migrants there. Abbott sent buses to Democratic-led communities to highlight his disapproval at the Biden administration’s inaction regarding the high number of migrants crossing the southern border.
While critics have dismissed the buses as a political stunt by Abbott, voters rewarded him last week with a record-setting third term as Texas governor. Abbott’s campaign was dominated by a number of toughline immigration measures.
According to AP VoteCast (an extensive survey of nearly 3,400 voters), almost 6 in 10 voters supported Abbott’s decision about sending migrants to northern cities.
Abbott’s Office announced the bus trips to Philadelphia by stating that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has “long-celebrated” and “fought for sanctuary status, making it an ideal addition to Texas’ list of drop-off places.”
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Kenney stated in a statement that it was “truly disgusting” to hear Governor Abbott and his Administration continue to use immigrant families, including children, as pawns to shamelessly push their corrupt political agenda.
Kenney stated that the city has been working with over a dozen local agencies to provide shelter space, emergency screening, food, water and language interpretation for the migrants. Others will most likely move to other states.
Arizona and Florida also sent migrants from the northern U.S. states.