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A sick child rushed to the hospital after arriving on a migrant bus in the Palestinian Authority

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A bus carrying 28 immigrants from Texas arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday, including a 10-year-old girl suffering from dehydration and a high fever who was taken to hospital for treatment.

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The defenders who welcomed them upon their arrival before dawn said the families and individuals came from Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. The city and several nonprofit groups were willing to provide food, temporary housing, and other services.

“Overall, people feel good. We want them to know they have a home here,” said Helen Gem, a Philadelphia city council member who accompanied many of the immigrants on another bus to a site where their needs could be assessed.

“There is a child who is 10 years old who is completely dehydrated. It is the most inhumane thing for them to put a child who is dehydrated with a fever now, with a very high fever[on the bus],” Jim said. “It is a terrible situation.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that Philadelphia will be the next destination for the migrants the state is moving from the US-Mexico border by the thousands to Democratic-led districts, putting a new bus on the route a week after Republicans easily won re-election.

Advocates who took in the group, which included 21 adults, said it was not clear how long the bus trip took, but one said it would normally take about 40 hours.

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Migrants dispatched by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott arrive near the 30th Street Station on Wednesday morning, November 16, 2022, in Philadelphia. Abbott has sent buses to Democratic-led cities as a way to increase exposure to what he says is the Biden administration’s inaction on the large numbers of immigrants crossing the southern border.Joe Lambert/AP

“The important thing is that they arrived in Philadelphia, and they were received with open arms,” ​​said Emilio Buitrago of the nonprofit Casa de Venezuela.

He said: “The children are scared, exhausted, tired.” “They will go to a place… where they will have warm, comfortable beds with a blanket and warm food. From there, we will work on resettlement.”

Jim said some families hope to reunite with relatives or friends in other locations.

Other buses have popped up in recent months in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Texas has transported more than 13,000 immigrants to those cities since April. Abbott has sent buses to Democratic-led cities as a way to increase exposure to what he says is the Biden administration’s inaction on the large numbers of immigrants crossing the southern border.

Critics deemed the buses a political stunt, but voters last week rewarded Abbott with a record-tying third term as Texas governor in his race against Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Abbott made a series of immigration crackdowns a focus of his campaign.

Roughly 6 in 10 voters supported Abbott’s decision to send immigrants to northern cities, according to AP VoteCast, an expansive survey of about 3,400 voters.

In a statement announcing the bus trips to Philadelphia, Abbott’s office said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney “has long celebrated and campaigned for protected city status, making the city an ideal addition to Texas’ list of drop-off locations.”

In a statement, Kenney said, “It is truly disgusting to hear today that Governor Abbott and his administration continue to knowingly pursue their cruel policy by using immigrant families — including women and children — as pawns to advance his shamelessly distorted political agenda.”

Kenney said the city has been working with more than a dozen local organizations to provide immigrants with shelter, emergency medical exams, food and water, language translation, and more. Some will likely make their way to other states.

Arizona and Florida also sent immigrants to cities in the northern United States.



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