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Local non-profit continues busing migrants to other U.S. cities

EL PASO, Texas -- A local non-profit organization is continuing sending charter buses full of migrants despite the City of El Paso and the Office of Emergency Management ending their charter operations last month.

The Annunciation House of El Paso continues to see migrants in need of shelter and transportation as they make the journey to their sponsor cities.

Following a rule under the Department of Homeland Security announced October 12, Venezuelan migrants without sponsors could no longer come into the U.S.

While migrants coming into the U.S. now have to have sponsors, the Director of Annunciation House Ruben Garcia said they still need support in getting to their sponsor cities.

"Even if we were able to set up 30 Church sites - hospitality sites - we are still going to have a problem in trying to find seats on planes and buses to move people onward to their sponsors," said Garcia, "If we're able to find faith communities in cities in the interior, and then charter buses to transport refugees - families - that want to go to one of these Church sites, it helps us manage the numbers."

The charters are funded by donations from the community.

For more information on The Annunciation House and where to donate, visit the organization's website at

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Kerry Mannix


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