Lower than per week since discovering shelter in Eagle Move, Texas, after crossing the Rio Grande, they launched into one other journey Thursday morning: this time to Washington DC, on a bus.
Many, like Figueroa, are blissful to depart Texas. The buses cease at a number of cities alongside the way in which to the Northeast, permitting migrants to disembark to reunite with family and friends in different places. In Washington DC, Figueroa and her husband will meet with their buddies.
“We have been on the highway for thus lengthy, we do not thoughts two or three extra days,” Figueroa, 28, informed CNN in Spanish.
Neither do Cousins Luis Pulido and Aynner Garrido, who spent six weeks touring from Venezuela to Texas. Pulido’s youthful brother didn’t make it to the US with them. He disappeared when the group was swimming throughout the Rio Grande. Shelter officers in Texas informed Pulido they discovered his brother’s physique; he had drowned.
However the cousins have made it this far and are decided to proceed with their plans. They’ll board the bus to DC and can get off earlier than their vacation spot, in Kentucky, the place their kinfolk will likely be ready to choose them up.
“They need to go on the buses,” mentioned Valeria Wheeler, the manager director of Mission: Border Hope, a non-profit group which serves the border neighborhood in Eagle Move. “Nobody has been compelled.”
The teams are going partially as a result of they need to, Wheeler added, and partially as a result of it’s a free journey to New York or Washington.
“They’ve primarily weaponized this case,” Manuel Castro, commissioner of the mayor’s immigrant affairs workplace, mentioned in a current metropolis council listening to. “We have realized that the bus firm that they have been working with has a nondisclosure settlement that doesn’t enable them to speak with town of New York.” Abbott’s workplace didn’t reply CNN’s prior questions regarding nondisclosure agreements for bus firms.
New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams has additionally accused Abbott of forcing migrants onto the buses, which the governor has denied.
Again in Eagle Move, greater than 40 folks, together with males, ladies and youngsters, boarded the bus headed for DC Thursday morning together with cousins Pulido and Garrido, and Figueroa and her husband.
When she will get there, Figueroa informed CNN she hopes to have the ability to discover work cooking, cleansing or in an workplace, to have the ability to assist her household again residence.