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Greg Abbott sends two buses of illegal immigrants to Philly - with some arriving in shorts in 40F

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/26/2022 Alyssa Guzman For Dailymail.Com

Two buses full of migrants arrived in Philadelphia from Texas, with some immigrants wearing t-shirts and shorts in 40-degree weather. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, 65, has bussed more than 10,000 migrants out of his state through his Operation Lone Star project, which he says is to highlight the influx of illegal immigrants crossing the US border. 

Abbott's latest string of buses arrived in Philadelphia on Friday between 6am and 8am, carrying 72 migrants, according to NBC Philadelphia

This is the third and fourth bus to arrive in the city since the first arrived in mid-November. 

The busses pulled into the city's 30th Street station and out poured migrants wearing clothes not equipped for the harsh weather. Others were seen carrying babies. 

More than 70 migrants arrived in Philadelphia on Friday after being bussed from Texas. Many were seen wearing shorts and t-shirts in the cold weather 

More than 70 migrants arrived in Philadelphia on Friday after being bussed from Texas. Many were seen wearing shorts and t-shirts in the cold weather 
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They were given blankets and coffee to keep warm and some of them were picked up by families. For many, however, the sanctuary city will not be their final destination. 

Many are said to be going to New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. 

On Friday, around 36 migrants remained in the city's welcoming shelter.  

The migrants hail from Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, according to Emilio Buitrago of the Casa de Venezuela group, which helps asylum seekers 

Buitrago said Abbott's actions - especially on Thanksgiving - were 'despicable,' but he won't let Texas' action keep him from 'welcoming' the new group to the city. 

'We're here to show them why Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love,' he told NBC 10. 

Buitrago also said the city would take the migrants to the welcoming center shelter to 'access their needs' and they would receive a warm breakfast. 

The migrants arrived at the 30th Street station (pictured) between 6am and 8am © Provided by Daily Mail The migrants arrived at the 30th Street station (pictured) between 6am and 8am

'These are folks who have reached the legal definition of asylum. Many of them have been traveling for months – two months is what we’ve heard is like the most common timeframe,' Erika Guadalupe Núñez, the executive director of the Juntos community organization told NBC Philadelphia. 

She also said she was proud of Philadelphia has helped the several migrants that have filtered through, saying: 'They know that they’re welcome here and that there’s folks who are going to support them.' 

Abbott says he'll continue bussing migrants to various sanctuary cities until Biden tightens border security. 

It means for the Fiscal Year ending September 30th, there was a total of 2,378,944 encounters - the highest level ever recorded by the department  © Provided by Daily Mail It means for the Fiscal Year ending September 30th, there was a total of 2,378,944 encounters - the highest level ever recorded by the department  In total, there were 227,547 encounters along the southwest land border in September, a 12 percent increase compared to August - ending the fiscal year at an all-time high © Provided by Daily Mail In total, there were 227,547 encounters along the southwest land border in September, a 12 percent increase compared to August - ending the fiscal year at an all-time high

 Biden's US Customs and Border Protection Chief, Chris Magnus, 62, sensationally resigned earlier this month - just a day after he was told to leave amid the ongoing border crisis.

Magnus’ removal is part of a larger shakeup expected at Homeland Security as it struggles to manage migrants coming from a wider range of countries, including Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. 

The number of migrant arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border has soared to record highs under Biden, fueling attacks by Republicans who say his policies are too lenient.

Federal authorities arrested more than 2.493 million immigrants during the 2022 fiscal year, which ended September 30. That far exceeded last year’s record of more than 1.7 million arrests.

Biden officials have said they aim to create a more orderly and humane immigration system but have struggled to handle the operational and political challenges that have accompanied the high level of crossings.

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