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Texas buses immigrants to New York and Washington DC. many people are happy to do

(CNN)Genesis Figueroa and her husband traveled from Venezuela to the US border in over a month. Hospitalized with pneumonia in Guatemala.

Eagle, Texas Less than a week after she found refuge on her pass, after crossing the Rio Grande they embarked on another journey Thursday morning. came out. This time I took the bus to Washington DC.

They said that, on the orders of Texas Governor Greg Abbott,Loan he was one of thousands of immigrants bussed from Star State to DC and New York. I'm a person. His criticism of the Biden administration's immigration policies.
"Before we started busing immigrants to New York, only Texas and Arizona bore the brunt of all the turmoil and problems that entailed," the governor said in a statement. saidthis week. "Now the rest of America can see exactly what's going on." He said he has sent more than 100 immigrants by bus to Washington and has sent more than 900 immigrants to New York City since August 5.

Like Figueroa, many leave Texas willingly. The bus will stop at several cities en route to the Northeast, allowing migrants to disembark and reunite with friends and family elsewhere. In Washington, DC, Figueroa and her husband will meet with her friends.

However, New York officials noted the conditions of the move, saying migrants arriving on these buses were hungry, thirsty and "often sick." Says.

"We've been traveling for a long time, and she doesn't mind a few days," Figueroa, 28, told CNN in Spanish.

So did her cousins ​​Luis Pulido and Ainar Garrido, who traveled from Venezuela to Texas for her six weeks. Pulido's brother did not make it to the United States with them. He disappeared as the group was swimming across the Rio Grande. Shelter officials in Texas told Pulido that they had found the brother's body. he drowned.

But the cousins ​​have come this far and are determined to continue with their plans. They board his DC-bound bus and get off short of their destination in Kentucky, waiting for relatives to pick them up.

"They want to get on the bus," said Valeria Wheeler, executive director of Mission: Border Her Hope, a non-profit organization that serves the border region of Eagle Her Pass. ``No one is forced.''

Groups go one way because they want to, and another because it's a free ride to New York or Washington.

Hosting cities are struggling to keep up with immigrants surge and to keep up with their needs. and was due to open more emergency housing this month, but faced problems stemming from a lack of coordination from the state of Texas.

"It's weaponized," Manuel Castro, the mayor's immigration commissioner, said at a recent city council hearing. I learned that they have a non-disclosure agreement." Abbott's office did not respond to CNN's earlier inquiries about the bus company's non-disclosure agreement.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has also accused Abbott of forcing immigrants onto buses, an accusation the governor denies.

Last week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser updated a request for the National Guard to support the continued arrival of immigrants, whileprevious requests Rejected. Her office said the cityhad reached a "tipping point." CNN earlier reported that it was calling for the region's "appropriate federal sites" to be turned into processing centers for immigrants.

Eagle Returning to her path, more than 40 of her people, including men, women and children, joined her cousins ​​Prido and Garrido, Figueroa and her husband on Thursday morning. I boarded a bus to DC.

Figueroa told her CNN that she hopes to find a job cooking, cleaning, or working in an office so she can go home and support her family.