Immigrants' stay in El Paso is short, but officials say more could be arriving
POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 6:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 12:49pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — For almost all of the immigrants that have arrived in El Paso, their stay is short.
"The remaining 90 are being released today, so it's possible by sometime tomorrow., late wednesday, all 270 people will be gone," said Ruben Garcia, with the Annunication House.
But the Annunication House says this isnt the end.
"Clearly more are on their way," Garcia said.
U.S. Border Patrol says apprehensions of non-Mexican citizens at the border are up from fiscal year 2013.
There has been a 50 percent increase on the southwest border, which includes El Paso.
And a 75 percent increase in the Ro Grande Valley, which is where the immigrants currently in El Paso came from.
Most are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.
Congressman Beto O'Rouke (D-Texas) met with the Secretary of Homeland Security Tuesday, to discuss the changes that need to be made to assist local organizations and agencies...
" We need to address the economic issues, the security issues, the governenance issues, the rule of law issues in these counties," said Congressman O'Rouke
"We want to know what kind of notice we'll get in the future for these kinds of transfers. How many days in advance," he said. "On Saturday, at least from our office's perspective, we recieved no notice."
Though the immigrants are only requiring basic needs during their stay in El Paso,
O'Rouke said the federal government should pick up the tab and help local organizations who are providing food, beds, and medical care while they're here.
"These aid groups need to be compensated for what is essentially a federal responsibility. It's essentially the federal governement's responsibility for managing this humanitarian crisis," O'Rouke said.
In addition, the White House is asking congress for $1.5 to 2 billion to pay for the predicted increase of immigrants from Central America.