SAN JOSÉ, Calif. (KGO) — A San Jose nonprofit is connecting 12 undocumented immigrants to vital resources after they were allegedly dropped off.
A member of the organization, Amigos de Guadalupe Center, confirmed that a group of adults and children were bused from El Paso, Texas, and dropped off in the Guadalupe Washington neighborhood on Saturday evening. He said they connect them with resources, food, clothing and health centers.
Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, executive director of ALAS, worked with Bay Area Border Relief for two years in South Texas.
“This journey to get here has been traumatic and no journey is easy,” Arriaga said.
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She witnessed the desperation, hunger and fear of asylum seekers.
“Everything is new. Every thing, every day is a new day for them and so they are also in a transition of emotional and psychological shock coming from the border,” Arriaga said.
Cities across the country and state have received migrants who have been transported by bus or plane.
In June, state officials said more than a dozen migrants were dropped off at a Sacramento church from Florida. Attorney General Rob Bonta has filed a public records request with Florida authorities regarding “deceptive and immoral migrant transportation.”
In August, ABC News said 10 busloads of migrants from Texas were dropped off in Los Angeles.
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Compared to other states, Arriaga said the medical care asylum seekers receive in California is better.
“Our counties have very good services, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have one of the most amazing mental health systems, including medical systems for children,” Arriaga said.
The director of the Office of Racial Equity in San Jose released this statement to ABC7 News in part:
“Like other major cities in the United States, the City of San José anticipated that migrants would arrive here seeking refuge, either by choice or by bus transportation from other jurisdictions. Thus, the City of San José, Santa Clara County and many community organizations developed a Migrant Welcoming Plan that outlines key roles organizations would play if migration increases.
“You know, when you see it on the news, you just see a group, but when you’re with them individually, you see this mom, you see this dad, this kid, this aunt, this grandparent, just like you – just like me,” Arriaga said.
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