Philadelphia — 28 people are on a busarrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday, including a 10-year-old girl suffering from dehydration and a high fever, who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Advocates who greeted them when they arrived before dawn said the family and individuals had come from Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. The city and several non-profit groups stood ready to provide food, temporary housing and other services.
Helen Jim, a member of the Philadelphia City Council, said, “In general, people are relieved. We want them to know they have a home here.” ,
“There’s a 10-year-old kid who’s completely dehydrated. It’s one of the more inhumane aspects that they would put a kid who was now dehydrated from a fever, a very high fever (on the bus),” Jim said. “It’s a terrible situation.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that Philadelphia would be the next destination for migrants the state is moving from the U.S.-Mexico border by the thousands to Democratic-led destinations, a week after Republicans easily won the road. But a new bus is being installed. re-election.
CBS News immigration reporter Camlio Montoya-Galvez said the move was the latest extension of Abbott’s efforts to impeach the Biden administration and its Democratic allies over the federal government’s handling of the unprecedented wave of migration at the US-Mexico border over the past two years. was.
Before Philadelphia, Texas officials had already bused more than 13,000 migrants, And Three Democratic-led cities with “sanctuary” policies that limit local law enforcement cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation agents, according to state data.
Advocates who greeted the group Wednesday morning, which included 21 adults, said it was unclear how long the bus journey would take, but one said it would typically take about 40 hours.
“The important thing is that they arrived in Philadelphia, and they were welcomed with open arms,” said Emilio Butrago of the nonprofit Casa de Venezuela.
“The kids are scared, they’re tired, they’re tired,” he said. “They’re going to a place … where they’ll have a comfortable, warm bed with blankets and hot food. From there, we’re going to work on the transfer.”
Jim said some families look forward to reuniting with relatives or friends in other locations.
Critics have hailed the buses as a political stunt, butwith a record-tying third term as governor of Texas in his race against Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Abbott made a series of tough immigration measures the centerpiece of his campaign.
Nearly 6 in 10 voters support Abbott’s decision to send migrants to northern cities, according to AP VoteCast, a detailed poll of nearly 3,400 voters.
Announcing the bus trips to Philadelphia, Abbott’s office said that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney “has long celebrated and fought for sanctuary city status, making the city one of Texas’ list of drop-off locations.” It turned out to be an ideal pairing.”
In a statement, Kenney said: “It is truly abhorrent to hear today that Governor Abbott and his administration continue to implement their purposefully brutal policy of using immigrant families, including women and children, to shamelessly advance their perverted political agenda.” keeps.”
Kenney said the city is working with more than a dozen local organizations to provide migrants with shelter space, emergency health screenings, food, water, language interpretation and more. Some will potentially make their way into other states.
Arizona and Florida have also sent migrants to North American cities.