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ICE drops off at least 100 migrants in downtown El Paso on Christmas


About 100 migrants were left in downtown El Paso on Tuesday by immigration authorities, according to the El Paso Times.

Dylan Corbett, executive director of the Hope Border Institute, told the publication shleter had been found for the people dropped off Christmas afternoon, but the search continues for places to stay for any other migrants who might be left Downtown later.

"A place where they can sleep, make phone calls to their contacts or relatives in other parts of the country," Corbett said. "Most of these folks are on route to another part of the country. They are not staying here in El Paso. They want to go to their sponsor or family members in other parts of the country. They just need a place for the night."

The dropping off of the migrants comes after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this week dropped off about 200 migrants at a Greyhound station in El Paso, leaving them to be sheltered in buses overnight.

Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) told the El Paso Times in a statement that the actions of immigration authorities were "unacceptable" and noted that in 2016, Customs and Border Protection “used to create temporally holding facilities that were humane, safe and clean.”

“If they are able to create tent cities to jail children, then they should absolutely be able to construct the same kind of facilities as they did in 2016 to assist the migrants,” Escobar said.

"The federal government needs to step up and dumping people out on the streets is not stepping up,” she added.

A nonprofit organization that helps immigrants told the El Paso Times that it expected to receive another 500 migrants on Wednesday and Thursday.

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