EL PASO, Texas — About 100 undocumented immigrants looking for shelter made it into El Paso on Tuesday.
People clapped and cheered as the immigrants arrived at the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso, where they were greeted by Bishop Mark J. Seitz.
Seitz said his message to these people was simple.
"Bienvienidos," Seitz said. "How can we help you? We know you have been on the trail for a long time, what can we do for you?"
It was a moment of joy and pure bliss for the immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and other Central American countries.
Three buses driven by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents dropped off the group of children and adults Tuesday afternoon.
Some of the kids were laughing and joking around with the group of reporters who were there to cover their arrival.
The diocese had 150 cots and clothes ready for the immigrants.
Their arrival stems from a new policy in which ICE said it no longer has the resources to hold immigrants awaiting asylum, so it is releasing them into the community.
Jeremias Gomez Martinez, a father from El Salvador, was overcome with emotion when he arrived.
"We're very happy to be free from the jail cell where my son has been. He doesn't deserve to be there at all. Because of the condition our country is in, we have to come here," Martinez said.
A woman from Guatemala said, "I'm very happy. I'm very content to visiting this country. We have dreamed of visiting this country and now our dream has come true."
"I'm here thank God we feel and are so much happier now," Another man said.
The diocese said that it will open its doors to those looking for shelter through the asylum process.
The bishop said he wants to provide a place where the immigrants will be safe and comfortable until they figure out their next steps.
Director of the Annunciation House Ruben Garcia said the migrants are just glad to be at the shelter.
"Just a lot of relief and especially when they hear that we are going to call their families tonight," Garcia said. "That they are going to be able to talk to their families and that their families are going to be able to buy the ticket. Feeling like my life is beginning to move again."
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