Chattanooga, Tenn. Overwhelmed by migrant growth from Texas

It’s not just New York City.

Tennessee officials also have Had to scramble to accommodate bus load of migrants Chattanooga left without notice, he told The Post on Tuesday.

Over a 48-hour period over the weekend, Chattanooga helped 51 migrants board buses sent to the Big Apple by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Migrants board a bus to New York City, which is chartered by the Texas governor's office, as a National Guard officer stands to send them to Del Rio, Texas, August 12, 2022.
Migrants board a bus from Texas to New York City as a National Guard officer stands to see them off.
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“A lot of people are just lost,” said Chattanooga director of special projects Alice Smith.

“They come from another country where they speak another language and are dumped in the middle of America. Many of them just need help or a finger pointing in the right direction to make their next move. Is.

Smith said four of the migrants who stayed in their city were picked up by the family, while the rest left for airports for final destinations in Ohio, Chicago and Florida.

Sheriff Cross responded to the truck stop and immediately noticed a tour bus dropping subjects at that location.
Chattanooga officials have helped 51 migrants traveling from Texas to New York City in 48 hours.
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Charter buses of migrants seeking legal asylum in Chattanooga.
In Tennessee, immigrant children were seen getting off the bus and asking for money and food when the bus stopped.
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Migrants board a bus to Washington DC that is chartered by the Texas governor's office, as a National Guard officer sends them to Del Rio, Texas, on Aug. 11, 2022.
Arrests at the US-Mexico border are on pace to top two million for the first time.
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The city did not track how many immigrants were passing through before last weekend.

New York has also faced an influx of migrants relocating from the Lone Star State – with Mayor Eric Adams Plans to Transform a Luxury Times Square Hotel In an intake center and shelter for over 600 migrant families.

Like Gotham, Chattanooga officials didn’t get a heads up from Texas that migrant buses were on their way, Smith said.

Instead, southeastern city officials learned of the sudden drop-off after hearing reports that asylum seekers were seen near gas stations and hotels, where charter companies stop to evade drivers, Smith said. , said Smith.

In one incident, migrant children were seen getting off the bus and asking for money and food when the bus stopped near McDonald’s. local TV station WTVC,

The city said it is working to coordinate with the charter bus company so that city officials and nonprofits can be at the drop-off location to assist immigrants when they stop in Chattanooga. Non-profit organizations in the city are providing immigrants with blankets, snacks or rides to the airport.

The migrants board the charter bus.
Chattanooga officials did not learn from Texas that migrant buses were on their way.
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“These are migrants who have been investigated by the Department of Homeland Security. They are legally seeking asylum – which is a protected legal status,” Smith said, adding that the immigrants are not staying in the city overnight.

Migrant surge comes as arrests at US-Mexico border top 2 million is on pace For the first time – after already breaking last year’s record.

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