(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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.