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Buses full of undocumented immigrants arrive in El Paso, are welcomed by diocese

Migrants at El Paso Catholic Diocese 2. (KFOX14/CBS4)

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."

Those who wish to donate items can contribute with the following items:

MEDICINE

  • Acetaminophen liquid for children, tablets or capsules for adults
  • Ibuprofen liquid for children, tablets or capsules for adults
  • Liquid cold medicine for children and adults
  • Pepto Bismol for both children and adults
  • Mylanta for both children and adults
  • Antacid chewables for both children and adults
  • Pedialite
  • Antihistamines liquid for children, tablets or capsules for adults
  • Cough Medicine for both children and adults
  • Cough Lozenges
  • Vaseline
  • Vicks Vaporub
  • Scale to weigh people

FOOD ITEMS

  • Bottled Water
  • Drinks (that are easy to distribute)-Capri Sun, Juice box
  • Granola Bar
  • Fruit
  • Cereal and Milk
  • Small packaged snacks (Cookies, crackers, trail mix, chips)
  • Sliced bread
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Hot dog buns
  • Winnies
  • Cold Cuts for Sandwiches
  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Pickles
  • Canned Chili Beans
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Canned Pinto Beans
  • Canned Corn

UTENSILS/KITCHEN ITEMS

  • 8 oz. cups
  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Spoons
  • 9 inch plates
  • Small bowls
  • Napkins
  • Large roll aluminum Foil
  • Quarter gallon Ziploc bags
  • One gallon Ziploc bags

TOILETRY SUPPLIES

  • Travel Size Toiletries (Shampoo, Soap, Deodorant, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Moisturizing Cream, Comb)
  • Toilet paper

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Car Seats
  • Linen (Twin sheets, pillows, pillow case and Towels)
  • Brand new Underwear, for Men, Women and Children (Mostly small and medium size needed)
  • Tennis Shoes (from 2-year-old to adults)
  • Brand New pairs of socks, for Men, Women and Children
  • Jeans (Denim) for Men, Women and Children
  • Coats
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Gloves for Handling Food

Groups needed to prep meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at home and deliver to hospitality center.

Volunteers can send name, number and times available to volunteer at refugees@annuciationhouse.org and state that you want to volunteer at Diocese shelter.

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