Immigrants dropped off at Phoenix bus station

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by Jaime Cerreta

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azfamily.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 5:21 PM

PHOENIX -- A Greyhound bus station has become a refuge for busloads of immigrants being dropped off by the Department of Homeland Security.

Tuesday morning, another group of immigrants arrived at the station near 24th St & Buckeye. They were reportedly shipped in from Texas, because that state is said to be overwhelmed with the number of immigrants picked up there.

Once here, a local group is trying to help them find places to stay and contact family members. But many of the immigrants have nowhere to go and no family nearby.

"It's aggravating, it's so frustrating. because I've called the Red Cross, I've called all these other places and it's just frustrating because says they can do anything about it and it's wrong. I think we should all be able to do something."

Volunteers from all over the valley scrambling to help out after the immigrants were just dropped off at the bus station. "What they told me is people were outside with kids, and obviously I was shocked that even that was going on here so I just told my mom just go see how we can help," said one volunteer.

"I couldn't believe it because I didn't think that was possible that people would just drop off people somewhere to leave them to their own, especially people who don't speak English, who don't know where they are," said Stefanie Trejo, who showed up to help translate as groups donate money for bus tickets and hotel rooms.

She is helping people call their families in different parts of the U.S. and get them bus tickets to reunite. Trejo is also offering her home as a temporary refuge from the confusion.

This is the second time this has happened in the last two weeks. And even though the process is less than desirable it is the road to a better life for some.

Those who were dropped off were given court dates to check in with ICE officials. The governor sent President Obama a letter Monday, demanding an explanation. So far no word on how many immigrants have been sent to Arizona, and how many more may be on the way.

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