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Customs and Border Patrol officials say as of May 11, 539 illegal immigrants have been bused from Texas to Arizona, and there is no official end to the program.
Federal officials said that they were so overwhelmed with illegal immigrants crossing the border in Texas, they couldn't process them all, so the decision was made to send them to Arizona.
The illegal immigrants were processed, then released at Phoenix and Tucson bus stops, where they could then reach out to loved ones and be reunited with family across the United States, officials said.
Tuesday, as even more buses arrived at a south Phoenix Greyhound station, volunteers from around the Valley also were on hand to help out those people stranded.
"My parents are first generation from Mexico, and I feel from my heart to help out the community," said Esperanza Favela, a volunteer at the station.
"I was in shock hearing the story, and I felt compelled that I needed to do something. You know, I just moved out here, and I need to give back to the community," she continued.
Favela was taking some of the immigrants to a nearby church. There volunteers offered clothing, food and water. Some volunteers even bought hotel rooms where those brought here can sleep before heading to different parts of the country to meet up with family members.
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