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.