First Bus Of Migrants From Texas Arrives In Philadelphia

City adds to list of locations Gov. Greg Abbott has sent migrants overwhelming Texas.
Ricardo Chub-Bo, 40, and his daughter Rosa Maria, 14, from Poptun in El Petun department, Guatemala, board the Greyhound bus they will take to Albuquerqe before their three-day journey through the United States to Philadelphia on January 3, 2019 in Dona Ana, New Mexico. - They spent eight days in migration detention and were released with a group of about 20 Central American migrants to the Basilica of San Albino in Mesilla, New Mexico, which provided them hospitality the night of their release.  Ricardo relies on his daughter to help read letters and numbers, while she relies on him to communicate in Spanish, as she still isnt used to speaking it. The two speak to each other in their mother tongue of K'iche', a Maya language spoken in the central highlands of Guatemala. The church had provided them with a piece of paper that asks for help finding the connection in English and a phone number to call if they need help. For them, luckily, they ran into another group of Guatemalans going on the same bus, which they could team up with in case they had trouble. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Advocates greeted people — about 30 in total — who came off the bus and handed them hygiene kits, blankets, hot coffee, bottles of water and clothing as they stepped off the bus.
  • The bused migrants were moved to a SEPTA bus and taken to a welcoming center shelter in North Philadelphia.
  • The migrants reportedly included a 10-year-old girl suffering from dehydration and a high fever who was whisked to a hospital for treatment.

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