Immigrants could be headed to El Paso from Arizona

Immigrants could be headed to El Paso from Arizona
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 9:48pm

Busloads of immigrants from Arizona could be headed to El Paso.

That is according to Cyndi Whitmore from the Phoenix Restoration Project, which has been helping undocumented families arriving at the Phoenix Greyhound station.

Volunteers have given families food, water, a place to clean up and call their families.

"They're malnourished from their journey, they're dehydrated," said Whitmore.

Whitmore said most of the immigrants are families from Central America and were trying to get into the U.S by crossing the South Texas border with Mexico.

Whitmore said those families could be headed to El Paso. 

"One of our congressmen was told that families were no longer going to be transported from Texas to Arizona and that they were going to be processed in El Paso," said Whitmore.

Then on Friday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's office said the federal government planned to continue bussing immigrants to Phoenix.

Customs and Border Protection officials in El Paso responded with a statement that reads in part,

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection's El Paso Sector is assisting with the processing of individuals, many of whom are part of family units, apprehended in South Texas."

Whitmore said she is concerned about the families if and when they arrive in El Paso.

"There's going to be between 50 and 300 people, half of whom will be children dropped off at the Greyhound with little or no resources," Whitmore said.

Whitmore said their organization provides snacks, clothing, diapers and other things the families need.

Part of the reason the immigrants detained in South Texas were bused to Arizona in the first place was because Texas facilities were at capacity.

"Our question was what's changed about Texas' capacity?" Whitmore asked.

A bus arrived at the U.S. Border Patrol facility in Nogales, Arizona Saturday.

Governor Brewer's office said they expect more than 700 children would be bused there throughout the weekend.


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