Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sends bus of asylum-seekers from Del Rio, Texas to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A fifth bus carrying people from Texas seeking asylum in the United States arrived at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on Wednesday morning.

Officials said 49 people, including seven children, from Del Rio, Texas, were on board the bus, which arrived around 10 a.m

“Thank God we’re here. Everyone here helped us and treated us well. Thank God we’re in this country,” said Gary, a 28-year-old man from Nicaragua.

The group will be taken to a welcoming facility on E. Luzerne Street in North Philadelphia, officials said.

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“You have everything in there. They have food, they have medicine, they have clothing,” said volunteer Nancy Pesantez from Ecuador.

The bus, which arrived Wednesday, is the fifth to travel to Philadelphia this month.

Texas has taken more than 300 busloads of migrants to the streets since April, sometimes five in a day, on unannounced trips to cities like New York, Chicago and Washington, DC. The trips have cost Texas about $26 million, according to Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

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Volunteers who are also immigrants themselves understand the grueling process and work hard to make families comfortable.

“Some difficult things I heard were, ‘I haven’t showered in a week. I haven’t brushed my teeth in days. I’m cold. I’m tired. Can I lie down?'” Heidi Roux shared with Immigrant rights action in Bucks County.

Action News was told that some people had no shoes on their feet when they arrived.

Volunteers said the children don’t look well because some of them haven’t eaten in days.

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