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ICE Took Undocumented Women And Children To A Bus Station That Had Canceled Service Because Of Hurricane Harvey

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement abandoned 50 undocumented women and children at a bus station in downtown San Antonio, Texas before Hurricane Harvey made landfall this weekend, according to Rivard Report. Hurricane Harvey led to the cancelation of all bus service out of that station and the Central American immigrants were stranded.

According to the Rivard Report, ICE agents dropped off the families at a Greyhound Bus Station in San Antonio, Texas after Congressman Lloyd Doggett called and urged them to postpone dropping the families off at the station. Despite the warning from the congressman, ICE proceeded to drop off the families, claiming that the buses were still running. However, a spokesperson for ICE refused to answer Rivard Report when asked whether or not buses were running when ICE arrived to the bus station.

According to NOWCastSA, the families were taken in by a local church, which housed some 150 people, including the homeless, during the storm. As the weekend progressed, most of the Central American families were able to make it to the buses to go to their destinations. The families, according to NOWCastSA, had been held in a family detention center and had completed their credible fear interviews.

The City of San Antonio teamed up with the Interfaith Welcome Coalition to find a way to help and house the families temporarily until bus service out of San Antonio had resumed. The Interfaith Welcome Coalition is a group that was set up to help refugees and asylum seekers. As of now, six families await their trips out of San Antonio but were supposed to be going to Houston, which has been hardest hit by the storm with massive flooding.

Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has been devastating southern Texas since making landfall on Friday evening. What was originally a Category 4 hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm over the weekend but continues to do damage. The hurricane force winds are gone but the storm is expected to drop close to 9 trillion gallons of water on Houston and southern Texas. Widespread flooding is causing havoc in Houston, the country’s fourth largest city, as water builds up flooding major roadways in and around Houston.

You can learn more about the people who sheltered the women and children below.

(H/T: Rivard Report)


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As Hurricane Harvey Intensifies, Airbnb Looks To Texans To Open Their Homes Up To Victims

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As Hurricane Harvey Intensifies, Airbnb Looks To Texans To Open Their Homes Up To Victims

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As Hurricane Harvey intensifies in Texas, leaving large parts of Houston devastated and completely flooded, Airbnb has activated their Disaster Response Program.

The program is set to provide those who’ve been displaced by Hurricane Harvey, as well as volunteers and relief workers, a safe place to stay at no cost.

Airbnb is currently looking for people in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas to open up their homes to victims and relief workers affected by Hurricane Harvey. Homes in those cities are already open to those in need of shelter.

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The Houston police chief said 2,000 people were rescued from flooding in the city over the weekend, and that at least 185 critical rescue requests were pending as Tropical Storm Harvey brought catastrophic rains into flood-prone areas. Here, Harris County Sheriff's Deputy R. Johnson rescues two children from high floodwaters in Cypress, TX. Officials released more water from Houston-area reservoirs overwhelmed by Harvey earlier in the day. The move is aimed at protecting the city's downtown from devastating floods, but that could still endanger thousands of homes, even as the nation's fourth-largest city anticipated more rain. To find out how you can help those affected by Harvey, click the ABC7 logo from our profile. Photo: @hcsotexas

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So far, Hurricane Harvey has dropped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas, and it hasn’t let up. According to the New York Times, the rains could continue another two-to-three days and add 15-to-25 inches of rain to parts of Southern Texas. Areas could see up to 50 inches of rain. The Washington Post reports that officials in Texas have put the death toll at eight so far, with more 30,000 people expected to be evacuated from their homes.

People are currently offering spare rooms, living rooms, and entire homes and apartments on Airbnb. If you’re in need of shelter or willing to offer your home for free to individuals and families, click here to find a place to stay or list your home as an evacuation shelter.


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