Resources are running out for migrants bused to DC – NBC4 Washington

For months, migrants have been bussed to Washington, DC, from Texas and Arizona, but aid groups say there aren’t enough resources available.

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott began chartering buses to send migrants to DC and other so-called “sanctuary cities” earlier this year.

At first, a few migrant buses arrived in the nation’s capital every week.

“A very good idea,” Experanza, a Colombian migrant, said through an interpreter of the bus ride from Texas to DC

She returned in May, when there were more volunteers and resources available.

But now defenders say the city’s resources are nearly depleted.

“We sometimes take up to four buses with around 40 people each – that is to say per day. The need has exceeded our ability to meet it,” said Abel Nuñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said he plans to bus as many migrants as possible, in a bid to bring border security concerns to President Joe Biden’s doorstep.

Nuñez and his group – the Central American Resource Center – helped.

“It’s really difficult. Funds have run out, so we can’t send people to their final destination right away. You have to remember that the majority of people don’t want to stay in the DMV,” he said.

Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday that DC is not equipped to handle all of the migrants arriving at Union Station,
and she calls on the federal government to do more.

“We need to be very focused on working with DC residents who are homeless and have the right to shelter in our city,” Bowser said.

She said she was concerned about the capacity of homeless shelters in the city.

“It requires a federal response,” she said.

“I understand his view that this is a federal problem and that the federal government needs to provide more resources.
But if it doesn’t provide some sort of resource so that we can receive it, eventually it will become the town’s problem — and we’re starting to see that,” Nuñez said.

Bowser said FEMA gave aid groups a grant to help them, but Nuñez says that’s not enough.

He said what migrants need is shelter and resources from the city.

The migrants who were bused to DC have already been processed by the Department of Homeland Security and are awaiting their hearings in immigration court. All of them chose to come to DC voluntarily.

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