Bus of asylum seekers from Texas arrives in Philadelphia as part of Gov. Greg Abbott scheme against President Biden

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A bus carrying migrants from Texas has arrived in Philadelphia.

The bus, believed to be from Del Rio, Texas, arrived at the 30th Street station just after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

There were resources waiting for the asylum seekers, including a SEPTA bus.

The migrants made their way from the Texas bus to the SEPTA bus, some wrapped in blankets, others sipping drinks, items provided by various organizations that were at the station when they arrived.

Members of the Philadelphia City Council, including City Councilman Helen Gym, welcomed the group, which included children.

About 30 people who were legally seeking asylum in the United States were on the bus from Texas, but only three passengers named Pennsylvania as their final destination.

Philadelphia joins Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago as a destination for asylum seekers being deported from Texas.

In a statement, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbo criticized the Biden administration’s border policies, saying Texas was “overwhelmed by the historic influx of migrants.”

Abbott said Texas will continue to add more shelter cities as drop-off locations “until the Biden administration does its job and provides sustainable border security to Texas and the American people.”

Democratic Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney condemned Abbott’s comments, saying in a statement, “It is truly disgusting to hear today that Governor Abbott and his administration continue to implement their willfully cruel policies of targeting immigrant families — including women and children — as pawns to shamelessly push his distorted political agenda.”

City officials and local authorities had been preparing for the arrival for several days, even after Abbott’s office said Monday night that the Lone Star State is “currently” not sending migrants to Philadelphia.

According to the city, about half of the 30 people arriving are part of family groups and the other half are loners. About seven children can be on board the bus from Texas.

“It is likely that several people will disembark during stopovers in other states of the voyage. Only three people have reported Pennsylvania as their final destination, according to the latest information from our local partner organization,” officials said.

Organizations helping the migrants include the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia.

“We have a good team that we have been preparing for a few months to ensure that when they come they are welcomed, supported and have everything they need,” said Peter Pedemonti, New Sanctuary’s co-director Movement of Philadelphia.

A total of 15 local community-based organizations and partners will assist with immediate admission and shelter, emergency health screening, and language translation.

Groups like HIAS Pennsylvania will provide ample resources to migrants.

“Some of the materials we will be providing will be a map of the United States to show you where Philadelphia is,” said Cathryn Miller-Wilson, executive director of HIAS Pennsylvania. “We will be offering several Know Your Rights sessions in English and Spanish.”

HOW CAN YOU HELP

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) and the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia created the Philadelphia Welcoming Fund to provide opportunities for Philadelphia residents to contribute to local efforts to welcome immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers arriving in Philadelphia.

City officials stress that monetary donations are the best way to help arriving migrants.

Funds raised from the Welcome Fund will be donated to nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area that support newcomers.

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