Most of the asylum seekers who have been sent by the Texas governor to Los Angeles have already been reunited with their loved ones in the United States.
“There are none in shelters. Most have met with relatives, friends, or people they know who have welcomed them. 98% of asylum seekers have someone to receive them in this country,” said Pastor Guillermo Torres, who is part of the LA Welcomes Collective, a network of pro-immigrant and religious organizations that work together in the rapid response to the arrival of immigrants.
Since July 1, Texas Governor Greg Abbott began sending asylum seekers recently released from the custody of immigration authorities to Los Angeles.
A total of three trucks have arrived in Los Angeles with 114 asylum seekers. For this Tuesday, July 18, the arrival of another truck with around 40 more immigrants was expected, which would already be more than 150.
“Since they left Texas, we have their information, we started them to help and contact their families; We already assist some with plane tickets to reach their destination,” said Pastor Torres.
He commented that the LA Welcomes Collective seeks to welcome him with dignity and humanity.
“Many of them come fleeing violence and have escaped death. So we receive them with the compassion they deserve.”
Asylum seekers from Brazil, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras are coming on the truck that is expected on Tuesday, July 18.
“The help we have given them when they arrive is general medical check-ups, food, drinks, hygiene items for women and babies, car seats for babies; and we help them coordinate transportation to their destination and reunification with their family,” said Jorge Mario Cabrera, spokesperson for the Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA).