Hundreds of Migrants From El Paso Shelter Likely Headed to Dallas Next Month, Officials Say

EL PASO -- As many as 100 recently arrived migrants here could soon be on their way to Dallas.But Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said no Dallas private organization currently has space ready to house the migrants when they get here. Jenkins, who convened meetings with faith-based groups and churches, including Dallas Catholic Charities, said he hopes to have space available for migrants -- who have flooded border cities in recent weeks -- as early as June.The El Paso shelter is sorting out transportation issues, and Jenkins said he expects privately funded, faith-based groups in North Texas to be ready to feed and clothe migrants and provide portable showers for them as they stop temporarily in Dallas."Dallas and its faith groups are known for their generosity,” Jenkins said.City leaders are also trying to help out -- if they can nail down the moving targets.“We have a compassionate city, but it’s hard to coalesce around a situation that is constantly in flux,” said Liz Cedillo-Pereira, director of the City of Dallas’ Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs. “Plans are moving ahead, but we are not in an operational state right now.”  Continue reading...

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